How to write research papers in college
College research papers will involve more planning and research. This means you need to have a good approach to help you complete the assignment from start to finish. A good topic can be a great way to get started, but you need to review steps you need to take in order to produce content that will meet academic expectations. There are basic steps part of the process that are outlined below to help you get started.
- Develop a plan to work on your research paper based on guidelines and assignment requirements.
- Review each part of your research paper to understand what is required. Most research papers will have four main parts including an introduction, background details and opposing argument (thesis), body, and conclusion or ending.
- You can write a draft for each section of your paper. First you will draft your introduction. This may be one or two paragraphs in length but follow your guidelines as necessary. You should present background information about your topic and present your thesis statement. Your thesis may appear toward the end of your introduction.
- Draft body paragraphs next. This includes presenting supporting details that back up your thesis. You may have paragraphs that present opposing arguments. The length of the body may vary with some including between four and seven pages. Each page may provide insight to a supporting point. You may choose to start with your strongest point first as you write each paragraph.
- Your content should support your thesis and build climax, as you research your topic you need to take notes on details that will help form a good argument. These elements should be considered when you create your first rough draft.
- Develop an outline and a list of research materials. This will help you write your paper in an organized manner and help you keep track of sources used for citation and reference purposes. The outline consists of discussion points you want to mention throughout your paper. This also helps you work on your assignment in parts to reduce stress. Having a list of research material can help you save time when you are ready to start research.
- Research your topic and use note cards and your outline to help you.
- Write your rough draft; bring together all parts of your paper to make a cohesive draft. Go back and revise your content for clarity.
- Proofread, edit, and polish your paper before submission.