How To Compose A Top-Quality Academic Research Paper

Composing a top-quality academic research paper is a challenging but attainable goal that just about any student can achieve with the right tools and enough practice. We can certainly provide you with those tools, but it’s up to you to follow them and put them into practice as much as you can in your academic career. Here’s what you need to know:

Decide on a Great Topic

If you are giving the freedom of choosing your own topic, be sure you choose one that is both interesting and original. Give yourself a lot of time to think of a good idea. Try brainstorming a number of topics and begin to narrow your focus until you’ve settled on a really good one.

Conduct Preliminary Search

Search for some background information online. This will help you get started on what academic resources you will need to find at the library. Be sure to check for electronic sources available through the libraries network of databases that reach to sources not physically held in the library’s collection.

Read Sources and Take Notes

Be sure to keep your sources organized with really good notes. A great technique is to keep information on 3 x 5” index cards. Keep one idea per card so that you can organize them later when you have to present your argument logically. Try color coding each card for easy retrieval.

Organize Your Ideas

Use the information you have collected and placed on your index cards to create an outline. It might help to first draw a mind map of your ideas before creating an outline, but it’s absolutely important to create one in order to stay on track when you start doing your rough draft.

Write a First Draft

Experts agree that you first draft should be written quickly and efficiently without stopping to make corrections. The best practice is to keep going regardless of whether you feel you are being repetitive or have presented your ideas clearly. Just keep going, as you will have a lot of opportunities to fix your first draft.

Revise Your First Draft

Your research paper will likely be worth quite a large portion of your grade, which is why it’s important for you to thoroughly revise your rough draft. Look for ways to improve your work by removing, rearranging or adding content.

Create Your Bibliography

Take your index notes and create the bibliography that will go at the end of your research paper. Depending on your discipline you will likely have certain rules you should follow. If you are uncertain, ask your professor for guidance.

Proofread and Edit Final Draft

Finally, be sure to proofread and edit for your final draft of your research paper. Even the tiniest mistake can be distracting to your reader and can cost you a letter grade. So be sure you are meticulous in this final stage of the writing process.