A free online term paper writing guide
Planning is always the key to writing a research paper well. Yes we can talk about choosing the right topic and being enthusiastic about it. But having the ideal topic counts for little if you don't get the preparation correct.
So many students choose a topic they love to write about and fall back upon their prior knowledge. Their love or passion for the topic means that they already know a certain amount about it. And that's a great thing to have but without the proper planning your research paper will either take far too long to create or will be messy. You need a proper paragraph format for your research paper.
Remember the research paper is not a 500 word essay. Yes it is not a PhD thesis but it is still an academic assignment which requires a great deal of time and effort. You need to cite references and to do that you need to read widely. But having read widely and taken appropriate notes you then need to have a structure in which the information you plan to write about, in your research paper, is easy to find and follow. This gets down to having a proper paragraph format.
The simpler you make your format the easier it is for you to follow it and turn your first draft into a winning research paper. You need to understand that the introduction at the beginning and the conclusion at the end are the book ends. What comes then is the meat of your research paper, the other paragraphs in-between. Just how many paragraphs you have in the middle section will depend on the length of your research paper.
The general rule is that you have only one main point for body paragraph. This nearly always comes right at the beginning of each paragraph and then is developed or explained or supported by minor points in the remainder of the paragraph. You have a selection of main points you wish to make in your research paper and you put them in order of priority. The first main point is the most important. This goes in your first body paragraph. Never put two main points in the same paragraph.
Your plan or outline will clearly list the main point for each paragraph and any minor points used to support it. At a glance you can see your proper paragraph format because of the clever and outline. You can find any number of proper paragraph formats online on websites talking about essays and research papers in particular.
Any ideas or concepts you use while writing should be written clearly. This means try to continue your idea and provide thorough details to ensure readers don’t get lost in the text. Good sentence and paragraph structure will be helpful.
Ensure references are mentioned correctly and review citation and bibliography details. There are written samples available for each formatting style to help you compare how to reference and cite your own sources.
Know where you can get good writing examples. Consider your school library, school website, and handbooks on term paper writing and formatting. You may get ideas on how to develop your topic, thesis, and write other parts of your term paper.
A strong conclusion is important and helps bring the whole assignment together. Your main points should be mentioned briefly and consider providing clarity to a main point mentioned previously with an example. Reinstate thesis statement.