A good research paper is all about the research. First – you need to know what to research, that is developed based on your course and the related subject area of your degree. Second – you need valid sources of information. These can be found in online library databases, school libraries, and peer-reviewed sources such as journals and textbooks. Third – you will need to organize your research.
Organize your research by developing tables to place your information into while you work. The format of your table will be based on what you are researching; however, most important is that you place a short summary of your source and its proper citation in the table. If you forget to put in the citation you will spend a lot of time trying to find out where the information came from, and you may risk accidentally plagiarizing sections of your research paper.
Additionally, while you are organizing research, be certain to start your reference or works cited page and add in all the sources you are using. This will prevent you from accidently forgetting any of them.
Finally, you are ready to start writing a research paper. While you are writing, consider the topic and build your information up to a point. For instance, a good research paper will provide the least important evidence first – building up to the most important evidence – and followed by supporting evidence.
In this way, your research paper has a highlight that is centered. It is also important to note that your introduction and conclusion should be written last, because they will highlight the important aspects of the paper that are most easily. Then editing is all that is left.