Research Paper Writing Tips

In a minimum of 10 pages if research paper, you will be discussing the intricacies of the field in which you are majoring. If you are currently undeclared, you will want to consider researching a profession that is of interest to you.

Discuss exactly what your future profession entails, challenges you will face entering and working within the field, and ways to combat these challenges in your research paper. Each of these subtopics should be covered in approximately three pages for a total of roughly nine pages. As Edusson recommends, you need to utilize quotations from a minimum of five different sources to support your thesis.

Be sure to:
• Unify the research paper with an introduction, body paragraphs, and a conclusion.
• Utilize MLA format.
• Use valid sources.
• Include a correctly formatted “Works Cited” page. This does not mean a list of web addresses!
• Check spelling, grammar, and punctuation. This will affect your grade.

Pro Tips:
• Remember, if you are writing a research paper, 50% should be research (use of quotations from your outside sources) and 50% should be your own writing that introduces, explains, and responds to your research. If you have a quotation that is a half page long, your own writing should approximately equal it in length.
• If you do procrastinate and decide to pull an all-nighter the day before this assignment is due, at least take the time to proofread your research paper the following morning. What sounds like Shakespeare at 2 AM usually sounds like gibberish after you sleep for eight hours.
• Proper proofreading of the research paper will typically make the difference in your grade by a full letter.

Research Paper Outline Format

  1. Introduction
    1. Information explaining my topic
      1. Hook
      2. Bridge
      3. Thesis Statement
    2. Body Paragraph One: The basic and most general statement about my topic/the overview.  What is the issue?
      1. Topic Sentence
      2. Information/Major Detail that explains my topic…
        1. Minor Detail that supports B (statistics or data?)
        2. Minor Detail that supports B (empirical or anecdotal evidence?)
  • Body Paragraph Two: My first major point or thought on the topic
    1. Transition + Topic Sentence
    2. Information/Major Detail that explains this major point or thought
      1. Supporting Detail
      2. Supporting Detail
    3. Conclusion
      1. Summary of your points
      2. Reference to the introduction or thesis