Research paper help: what is you strategy?
What is the aim of a research paper?
Different papers will obviously have different topics and titles, but what is the point in writing a research paper? Basically, there are a number of reasons. Firstly, it is a great academic tool to enable you to learn a great deal about a subject. Being required to research and write about something will inevitably cause you to develop a great understanding during the process. Writing a research paper will also give you an understanding of how to write papers in the correct and accepted styles. This will not only help with future papers in an academic setting, but potentially throughout your career too.
Ultimately, there are many reasons for writing research papers, so it is important to have a good understanding of what you are doing.
How to approach a research paper
- Find a topic to write about, then come up with a reasonable and feasible strategy for researching.
- There are some steps that should be considered when researching for a paper. These can help to make researching for relevant and useful information easier, as well as helping you to produce more effective and worthwhile research.
- Understand what the research question is posing by defining it to help yourself be clearer on the aims of your paper
- Make a plan of how you will attempt to do research and how and where you will source information
- Understand how best to use the search tools you expect to use in your research
- Give a critical evaluation to any sources that you use
- Read extensively, so as to give yourself greater depth of knowledge – any reading should involve seeking for meaning in what is written
- Understand what the formatting, citation and other writing requirements of the paper are asking for
- Above all, do not be afraid to ask for help – this could be one of the most effective things you do
What to do with the research.
Before you begin writing anything, be sure to evaluate the sources that you have chosen to use. You want to decide whether they are both reliable and relevant to your paper. For research that meets this criteria, arrange it logically to fit in with your work; however, do not fully discard any other information – it is possible that, with further research and understanding, you may realise it can still serve a purpose in your paper.