Academic Research Paper Writing

Writing a research paper is a usual academic writing for a college student. Yes, for some students it might be boring and hard to write, but if you are willing to, you can make it interesting and easygoing. You would ask me how? It is simple. Let’s divide your research paper writing into steps, and make each step interesting itself.

I think, you have already guessed that the first step would be establishing your topic. Try to pick such a research paper topic that would be fun and interesting. If you’ll do so, then you’ll be enjoying your writing time, you will finish it fast, and, what is the most important, this research paper would be interesting to read for your evaluator. Try to ask yourself such question as:”Is there any subject that I am interested in?”, “What exactly interests me in this subject?” and “What I can find out more about this special subject?” If you can’t end up with a concrete topic, it might be good for you to take peace of paper and to start writing everything you know about the subject which is interesting to you. Hopefully then you will figure out the theme. For example you are interested in US history, and the most interesting time period for you is 1930’s, then it would be logically to make a research on a Great Depression.

Next step for writing your research paper is to look up for sources. In order to make your research paper more vivid, use different sources. The information that you can find in the internet might not be the same that is in the library. Keep a list of all the sources that you use, you will need it in the bibliography. I am not sure, that your research paper reader would be interested in reading statistics; probably it won’t be appealing for him. Try to look for some interesting facts that your evaluator might not know. Give him or her some information to think about.

Take some notes while finding new info; this is going to be a next step. It would be great if you’ll use index cards. Why? Because, if your card contains the heading, main ideas and the source of an information, then you can use it for your outline, footnotes and endnotes. This will also help you to avoid plagiarism. Besides, it is just fun to do.

After that, you need to write an outline, because a custom research paper should have one. Organize your ideas and gathered information there. It would be the foundation of your future research paper. Write down the main ideas firstly, then divide them into more specific ones, and below that you can write certain facts. Don’t forget to divide everything into three parts: introduction, body, and conclusion. Each part should have some paragraphs.

Don’t write in haste. Think over every sentence. After you are done with each paragraph, check how it sounds. Read it aloud and try to evaluate like a tutor. If you are not satisfied, find exactly what doesn’t appeal and exclude or change it.

The final part is proofreading. Look for errors such as misspelled words, incorrect punctuation, and capitalization. For someone it might be easier to do proofreading on a paper, than on a computer screen. Print out your research paper and read it carefully. Make the final correction if any needed, and you are done. Hope you will enjoy your writing time.

Jennifer Burns


  1. daibato on October 5, 2010 at 11:42 am

    Can a person make a living writing academic research papers?
    I am a graduate student getting my Master’s in Educational Therapy. Before I research this question, I wanted to hear from others with actual experience with their own Master’s degree.

  2. ally j on October 5, 2010 at 4:44 pm

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  3. joslin on October 5, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    For yourself? Or others? (Like so many people here online! I hope not!)

    Find someone who does it and ask them. Research an academic paper, contact the authors, and ask them for advice!
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  4. mint on October 5, 2010 at 4:48 pm

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  5. sefarkas on October 5, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    "Making money" in academic research is a matter of obtaining grants or working as a professor. In either case, money is provided in the expectation that you will have your papers published in peer reviewed journals. Grants are provided in anticipation of a report or study of interest to the organization paying for your time. A tenure track professor is graded by their department, in part, by how successful they are at turning the papers they write into articles in peer reviewed journals. The weight this publication success carries in the overall grade for the professor depends on the goals and objectives of the department within the college within the university. Ivy League and other top notch institutions put tremendous pressure on their professors to publish academic research papers. If your papers are reliably published in peer reviewed journals, you will "make a living writhing academic research papers."
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