Core Components for Building a Better Research Paper

If you are currently attending school, it is only a matter of time before your first research paper will be due. This means that you will need to compile your research and delve into writing a paper that consistently flows while supporting your thesis. In considering the topic of research, the following are 5 important steps to constructing your research paper.

1. Choose a topic / Do some preliminary research. This is the prework that will give your paper a foundation. The most difficult task will probably be narrowing your ideas into a particular topic. Once this task is done, you can begin your research paying close attention to the areas that you are wanting to investigate further. During your research phase be sure to cover all bases. You may want to check out online libraries, scholarly journals and publications as well as simply "surfing the net". Once you have a better idea of the direction you want to go in, you can move to Step 2.

Note***Make a "rough" reference list of the publications that you have found interesting in support of your topic. This can be used in creating the official reference list / bibliography for your Final Draft.

5. Create drafts. Create several drafts, as many as you feel are necessary to get to the final point. The way this works is that you are continuously building. After building out the content of your paper, you will go back and make changes. Try to keep several versions so you can see the evolution of your paper and just in case you decide to "roll back" some of the changes. In creating the final version of your paper, you will definitely want review your paper, proof read, and spell check. I also recommend having a "second pair of eyes" to look it over just in case you missed something. Try to keep your thesis in mind when you are proofreading your drafts. You want to make sure that you are staying on task and keeping the topic of your paper in mind.

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