How to Write a Winning Process Research Paper
When you are assigned a research paper it can seem like a very daunting task. Where do you start? How do you choose a topic? How much research is required? How long will it take to write? These and many other questions may be going through your mind. Following a few fairly simple steps can help you get started and on the right path to completing your research paper. The steps outlined in this article will assist you in writing a winning process research paper.
- Getting started. You have piles of research books and articles all over your desk and you’re sitting there wondering where to begin and worried about your deadline looming in a few weeks. What do you do first? Calm down and make a game plan.
- Start reviewing your sources. Read them with a pen in hand or close to a keyboard so you can take notes as you go. Remember to cite each set of notes you write down so you can quickly and easily go back to the original source if you need more information or simply to clarify something you’ve written down.
- Eliminate the sources that don’t fit into the area you want to focus on.
- Develop a research question. This is what your entire research and writing will focus on. It shouldn’t be too bread because there will be too much research to do to cover a broad topic in full. Make it fairly narrow and focused but not so much that it’s restrictive. A focus too narrow till leave you with no research sources to choose from.
- Finding sources to add to the ones you already have. Your original sources helped you to choose your topic but they may not be substantial enough to cover all the research required to write your paper. You can look at your school library, use the internet and access scholarly journals and other legitimate publications.
- Evaluate your sources and make sure they are valid and relevant. Does the source answer your research question? Was it provided by an expert? Have you missed anything pertinent?
- Taking notes and writing the body of your paper. Take notes all throughout the reading process. These notes should include the references from which they came. Organize your notes into categories and look for patterns. The main points can be used as chapters or headings in your paper. All the supporting points can be used as subheadings. Make sure you have sufficient evidence for each.
- Start writing your paper. Document all sources and include them in your reference list. Use the style guide assigned by your teacher.
- Revise and proofread the draft. Make necessary changes and proofread again.