This Chapter outlines the logical steps to writing a good research paper. To achieve supreme excellence or perfection in anything you do, you need more than just the knowledge. Like the Olympic athlete aiming for the gold medal, you must have a positive attitude and the belief that you have the ability to achieve it. That is the real start to writing an A+ research paper.
Choose a topic which interests and challenges you. Your attitude towards the topic may well determine the amount of effort and enthusiasm you put into your research.
Students are told from the first time they receive instruction in English composition that their introductory paragraphs should accomplish two tasks:
The second task can be accomplished by a carefully crafted thesis statement. Writing thesis statements can be learned rather quickly. The first task securing the reader''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''s interest is more difficult. It is this task that this discussion addresses.
Many students agree that developing a fresh idea for a paper is a troublesome point they often get stuck in, helplessly trying to squeeze any idea out of their imagination.
Indeed, the choice of original ideas for your essay hampered not only by your imagination, but by a lack of novelty, interest and the ground for persuasion.
Almost all of us even if we don’t do it consciously look early in an essay for a one- or two-sentence condensation of the argument or analysis that is to follow. We refer to that condensation as a thesis statement.
In general, your thesis statement will accomplish these goals if you think of the thesis as the answer to the question your paper explores.
The thesis statement usually appears near the beginning of a paper. It can be the first sentence of an essay, but that often feels like a simplistic, unexciting beginning. It more frequently appears at or near the end of the first paragraph or two. Here is the first paragraph of Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.''''''''s essay The Crisis of American Masculinity. Notice how everything drives the reader toward the last sentence and how that last sentence clearly signals what the rest of this essay is going to do.
The first paragraph serves as kind of a funnel opening to the essay which draws and invites readers into the discussion, which is then focused by the thesis statement before the work of the essay actually begins. You will discover that some writers will delay the articulation of the paper''''''''s focus, its thesis, until the very end of the paper. That is possible if it is clear to thoughtful readers throughout the paper what the business of the essay truly is; frankly, it''''''''s probably not a good idea for beginning writers.
I suppose you want to look good. You want to look good when you see yourself in the mirror, when you go to work, when you attend an event or a friends party. And you probably want to look good in the social media sphere, for example on Facebook.
It comes natural for today’s people: we know we’re being judged based on our appearances and we all want to look our best when we’re being watched. But many people tend to forget one important place to look good: On paper, in your bio.
This handout discusses techniques that will help you start writing a paper and continue writing through the challenges of the revising process. Brainstorming can help you choose a topic, develop an approach to a topic, or deepen your understanding of the topic’s potential.
If you consciously take advantage of your natural thinking processes by gathering your brain’s energies into a “storm,” you can transform these energies into written words or diagrams that will lead to lively, vibrant writing. Below you will find a brief discussion of what brainstorming is, why you might brainstorm, and suggestions for how you might brainstorm.
Although this list suggests that there is a simple, linear process to writing such a paper, the actual process of writing a research paper is often a messy and recursive one, so please use this outline as a flexible guide.