5 tips for writing literature research papers

College assignments can feel difficult to handle and quite distressing, but the real truth about them is related to the fact that they will always have to be done and that they will always have a purpose: that of helping you actually understand a subject or topic more in depth than you will ever be able to understand it just by attending classes.

If you are in college, then it is very likely that you will have to write at least one research paper over the course of the 4 years of Bachelor’s studies. Although at first these papers will feel very hard to write, the truth is that you can actually start liking to work on them once you get used to all the rules imposed by the academic writing style.

If you will have to write a literature research paper, then you should definitely be very cautious about certain things. Literature may feel very easy to handle, but in truth you will need an analytical mind in order to actually deliver high quality literature research papers. Although literature is an art, research papers on this subject are not and you will have to be as logical and as steady as possible when it comes to them. Here are some of the most important things you should definitely keep in mind:

  1. Although this is a literature paper, you should always be logical and very well-structured. Remember, your main purpose is not that of producing literature (which can be as unorganized as you want it to be), but commentaries and research on a literature-related topic. That means that the basic structure of the research paper will have to be kept regardless of the subject and topic of your choice.
  2. Try to stay away from one mistake many people do: not being detached when writing literature research papers. It is normal that you have an opinion on the books you have read, but try to keep that opinion distanced from your research paper.
  3. Like it or not, you will need a theoretical part when you write literature research papers as well.
  4. Make sure that you take into consideration the rules of the particular academic writing style you have to use. Literature papers very frequently use MLA, but make sure to check with your instructor.
  5. Remember that it is important that you have a good thesis statement that will narrow down your research as to be actually suitable for the length your paper should have.