College research paper writing tips Sep 10, 2012
A college research paper can be a narrative essay or a case study, thesis or any other form of essay in which a research is needed to be carried out. The purpose of a college research paper is to improve a student's analytical and writing skills. It is meant to challenge a student's intellectual ability and bringing out the best in the student. The points mentioned can also make a college research paper difficult to write. Not many students appreciate their intellect being challenged. For such lazy students, writing a college research paper
can be an uphill task.
The following tips will be valuable to both hardworking students as well as the lazy students who wish to put behind their laziness and get to work.
DO A PROPER RESEARCH
Doing a proper research entails visiting the library with the sole purpose of consulting valuable books that deal on your given topic. This is not the time to wander around in the library. If possible consult the internet to glean as much information as you possibly can about your giving topic. Watching the television or listening to the radio does not qualify as doing proper research. If you sit all day in front of the television hoping that your TV station may by chance do a miraculous broad cast on your topic, you are only deceiving yourself and will only succeed in losing valuable time.
MAKE YOUR OUTLINE
Now that you appear to have handled your research well, it is time to make your outline. Your outline must contain all the information gleaned during your research phase. On a note book or piece of paper, write down all the valuable points that you feel will benefit your research paper. Organise your outline
in such a way that it would make sense. Each point should logically follow the next. There is no point having an outline if the ideas presented are scattered without cohesion. You will only end up confusing yourself. Think about what will happen to your audience if you as the author is downright disorganised and confused.
PUT YOUR THOUGHTS TO PAPER
From the outline you made, begin to write down your points. Do not make the mistake of just listing your points and leaving it at that. Expand on your points. Broaden your ideas. Explain to your readers why you think each of your points matters. Present your ideas in a chronological manner. Your points and ideas should be precise and cohesive. There should be a unity of purpose. Do not make your point only to dispute it later on in your research paper. You will only come off as confused if you do this.
ORGANISE YOUR BIBLIOGRAPHY
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A bibliography is a list containing all the works consulted while writing your research paper. Be sure to include every piece of work you cited in your bibliography. All works not cited but which you made use of should also be included in this list. It is good to acknowledge anybody whose work has brought you this far in your research. Find out from your teacher the correct reference format
to be used. Make use of this recommended format. Reference type is important for proper cohesion and unity of your paper.