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Composing The Research Paper: Using A Contemporary Approach


This type of essay could apply to various subjects, but research papers often apply to science based subjects; in which case you’ll need to first and foremost make sure you have the appropriate guidelines for the format and such. For instance, an APA format is required for many social science theses. So check out that you know the rules before you begin.

The good ol’ rules…

Although you want your paper to be fresh and slick, it’s still best to stick to the old fashioned rules when it comes to the construction. Like all essays, your project will consist of an introduction, the chapters, and a conclusion.


Your introduction is best written last, because by that time you will know exactly what you have detailed and can then cover those points concisely and clearly. Your introduction should contain an outline of the subject and what the reader can hope to expect in the forthcoming pages, as well as briefly referencing your resources and results, mentioning what you hope to achieve and what conclusions may be expected.

Dazzling chapters…

The chapters contain the main body text where you shall relate various cases and opinions, whilst stating your own opinion on the matter at hand, whilst making sure you don’t come to any biased conclusions. Find the right sources and collate them in the right way, and you’ll have a winner.

In conclusion…

The conclusion will summarize your results. Restate the initial objectives and results found and conclude the matter as sufficiently as possible; maybe pointing the reader in the direction of further reading material, if the subject has not been concluded to a satisfactory level.

The paying attention approach…

It’s paying attention to little matters like the last one mentioned that will put you head and shoulders above the rest. My approach is really quite simple, but it’s one that works: pay attention!

That may seem obvious, but here are some things you may not have thought of and which will help you to write in a fresh and vibrant way. Once you’ve finished your first draft, re-read it and:

  • Pay attention to every single word.
  • Have you used the correct vocabulary?
  • Could a better word be used?
  • Could a sentence be constructed differently to create better flow?
  • Pretend that you’re somebody else; someone who doesn’t know anything about the topic. Imagine reading through their eyes. How would your words come across? Have you explained everything sufficiently for your reader to fully grasp? Have you been succinct or have you waffled in places? Read with someone else’s eyes and you’ll soon see where your weaknesses lie!

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