A research paper from scratch: 10 vital tips

Writing a research paper can be a difficult task, but with these steps your paper will be easy and successful.

  1. Make a good first impression
  2. Considering that this is the first thing your reader will be reading, you need to make it great. Start off with a gripping first couple sentences, your claim, and the reasons defending your claim.

  3. Use Academic Vocabulary
  4. Replace simple words with stronger words. It will build character and strength throughout your paper. Use the thesaurus when you can’t come up with any on your own.

  5. Don’t Opinionate it, State it
  6. Phrases like “I think” or “I believe this because” makes your paper have less substance and more places for your reader to question what you are claiming, when it sounds like you are questioning yourself. Replacing those phrases with “as seen in” or “for example when,” will make your evidence harder to argue against.

  7. Be Yourself
  8. Every writer has a special writing voice do not try to change it in order to sound more pretentious or academic. As long as it follows the proper rules of grammar and has vocabulary words, there is no need to change the actual style you write in.

  9. Why Do You Think That?
  10. When you give an opinion you also have to tell the reader why you thought so. Give the reasons you came to that assumption or analysis.

  11. Now, Prove it
  12. Back up your reasons with proper textual evidence or research that defends your opinion. It is like having a lawyer, you want it to be fully prepared and have enough evidence to where the reader cannot dispute you.

  13. Transitions
  14. Always use transitional words to assure your paper flows. Another tactic to use for transitioning is having the last sentence of the former paragraph lead into the first sentence of the latter sentence.

  15. Flow
  16. Your paper will be easier to read and make better connections if it flows. Make sure that you discussed the reasons mentioned in the introduction, throughout the body paragraphs, ending the paper with a conclusion that wraps up your ideas.

  17. Conclusion
  18. Your conclusion is a wrap up of everything you have already mentioned plus a new thought that is supposed to add a punch to the essay.

  19. Revise
  20. This should take about a quarter of your entire essay writing process. Revise and revise! You can never do enough it.


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