A Brief Guide To Writing A Quality Academic Research Paper

If you are writing a quality academic research paper, you will want to make sure that all of the necessary steps have been taken. In order to produce something high quality, follow the guide below:

  • As with any writing assignment, your first task will be to select a topic. Your topic should be something that you personally enjoy, something that is entertaining to you, about which you are passionate. Remember that the more you enjoy your topic, the more effort you will put into the research of it and the writing for it. And all of that additional effort will show, resulting in a higher grade. In some cases the teacher will give you a broad subject from which you can narrow down something smaller, but in other cases you will need to cover the topic as it is assigned.
  • Regardless of how you end up with your topic, you need to then work on crafting your thesis statement. This is the second step, one which will set the tone for the remainder of your work and set you up for success. You need to be able to summarize your content in a single sentence, and that sentence will be known as the thesis.
  • Once you have this, it is time to brainstorm the things you already know about your subject matter and what questions the reader will have.
    • Will an experiment take place?
    • What theories are you integrating?
    • What is the background?
    • What do you hope to find out?
    • Why does this research matter?
    • These are all important questions to ask.

  • With these questions in mind, your research begins. Your job at this juncture is to research your topic thoroughly, to learn all you can about the background, to find existing literature on the subject and analyze its contributions, and to conduct your experiment in such a way that someone reading your final report could copy the results and the experiment themselves.

When working on this paper, you will go through several drafts. This is normal. Each draft will improve one particular aspect of the final piece. You also need to check which citation method is required of you and make sure that each citation meets with this requirement. You should give yourself at least one day off in between each phase of editing too, in order to give your mind a break and return with a fresh perspective.