Why Getting Research Paper Help Is Much Easier than You Think Now
You have chosen, or been given, a subject to write a paper on. Maybe you already know something about the topic. That’s usually a good starting point. As you start to list what you know on a given subject, questions will pop into your head. Jot them down in a second list. You are just brainstorming for now. Later, you may choose to reject some of those questions. For example, when writing about polar bears, you may know polar bears are white, but the question arises, ‘are all polar bears white?’ Don’t be afraid if you have a list of twenty or more questions. The more important ones will become evident as you assemble your data.
Where will you find the information?
- The online search is the obvious and probably first place to look. There is a wealth of information but tread warily. It is easy to scan articles to pick out key words or phrases without fully understanding the topic. The temptation is to just copy and paste a few well-chosen snippets but that is a dangerous path and you could find yourself guilty of plagiarism. At the very least, you will not fully grasp your subject. That said, the Internet is a good starting point.
- Books! Yes, they may be old-fashioned and sometimes stuffy and smelly but they are a tried and tested method of conducting research. Librarians are a great help in guiding you towards appropriate sources. Academic magazine articles should also be considered.
- For some subjects, collecting data from real people may be the way to go. Data can be presented statistically or in graph form but should not identify individuals. This is the one area where there should be no attribution or credit.
- Once you have built your knowledge base, go back to your list of questions. Some will seem redundant now, others may have suggested themselves. Now is the time for the best resource of all: the expert! This is not necessarily the author of the book you checked out from the library. It could be a teacher, someone who works in a related industry or who lived through the historical event you are researching. You will be amazed how keen people are to talk to you about what they know. Be flexible and have your questions ready.
- You have put together your paper, checked it several times for errors and are finally happy with it. Before submitting it, ask someone else to read it. How does it flow? Does it make sense? Again, most people are only too happy to help, provided you pick your time wisely.