How to write an outstanding research paper from scratch
If you have research paper due soon, that can add a lot of stress to an already busy schedule. When you find yourself wondering how you can possibly get this done, and not just do it but make it a great paper, you’re in the right place. In this article we’re going to look at how to write a research paper that will impress your teacher from beginning to end.
Preparation for Writing a Research Paper
First, you need to have a plan. Have all the instructions from your teacher nearby, and jot down bullet points of everything you need to have. If you make a checklist like this, then it’s easier to go through and make sure you have it all, than if you’re just going off of the teacher’s original instructions. Also write down your topic or a few different topics you’re choosing from, and do some brainstorming. These first steps are just to get you thinking and know everything that’s expected form you with this assignment.
Outlining and Planning Stage
This is one of the most important parts of writing a research paper from scratch. A good outline can save you so much time and stress later on. As long as you devote enough time to this section, the last two will be a breeze for you to complete.
Start by writing out sections on a blank piece of paper or computer document. Sections such as ‘introduction’, ‘argument 1’, ‘argument 2’, ‘conclusion’ and any others you require. Then you can briefly write what you need to put into each section.
Writing the First Draft
After your outline, all you have left to do is just fill it in. write in any order you like. I actually find it easiest to write the body paragraphs first, then the conclusion, and the introduction last. Since the introduction is the most important (a good one brings the reader into your topic and keeps them reading) I want to have the rest done first.
Editing a Research Paper
A lot of students make this step into harder than it needs to be. On the other hand, many students skip this step altogether. Both of those situations aren’t a good one. Do take some time to reread and spellcheck your paper. As well as the automated spelling and grammar checks, have someone you trust read it over, too.