How to write a research paper
While studying in high school or educational institution, you will inevitably come across with the need to write a research paper – in fact, to conduct a study of various scientific, technical and social aspects of a phenomenon. If you never did it before, then the task may seem complicated. However, not all so terrible! In this article we will tell you everything you need to know about writing research papers!
Choosing a theme
1. Ask yourself important questions about the upcoming work. Perhaps you’ll have to act within the boundaries of a clearly defined task, but even so you have to choose the topic of work. This is the first and most important step. It doesn’t matter whether your topic is that of which you are dreaming at night, or something that you do less interesting, you should think about whether is there enough material for this subject. Maybe this topic is new and unexplored, that will allow you to present research work in your own opinion? It is appropriate whether it be in the context of the task?
2. Choose a topic that you like. If you have the chance, you select an interesting topic. If you conduct research on a topic which you are interested, it is more than a positive impact on the quality of work.
3. Be original. If you are writing a study on the instructions of the teacher, and think about the other students. Maybe they, too, will write about the same topic as you are? How do you then be able to make his work unique and eye-catching?
4. Listen to the advice. If you find it difficult to choose the “right” theme, ask for advice from a teacher or classmates. They certainly have an idea or two that you will love! Well, if you don’t like – they can inspire you, give something to think about, which is also useful. Of course, ask the teacher for help, it may be not very convenient, but relatively speaking, the successful execution of the task – in their interest! In other words, the teacher will help you.
5. Do not be afraid to change the subject. If you have chosen a theme began to study, and suddenly realized that “does not go” – do not despair! Even after the start of work on the study, oddly enough, you can change the subject. Yes, you will lose some time, and the work will be lost in vain, but still.
1. Begin a study of the chosen theme. Well, you chose the theme. What’s next? Then we begin to study the theme. Websites, magazines, books, encyclopaedias, interviews, individual blog posts – all these come for the material for the study. Be sure to go to related sites related to your topic. Use at least 5 sources, never rely on 1-2 sources!
2. Conduct an empirical study. If possible, refer to the good old empirical studies. What is it? Imagine an article or a book written by a recognized expert on the subject you investigated, which was read and approved by other experts on the issue you researched. Such materials can be found in scientific journals or online.
3. Look in the library. Local research library is waiting for you, no joke! This, of course, antiquated method, but do not treat it with disdain – in libraries full of useful materials! Do not be afraid to seek the help of librarians, because, after all, their job is and is to help library visitors.
4. Look materials online. Note the transition from the first three links received in response to the first request, it is not the way of wisdom when writing research. Evaluate the suitability of found materials is critical, do not hurry, first read all that you will find a search engine, and only then draw conclusions. Websites, blogs and forums are not the most reliable sources of information, after all.
If, in general, the sites on .edu domains, .gov or .org can be trusted, as this school sites, government or organizations related to your topic of study.
Change the search query to get different results. If nothing is found, the request must be changed – it’s possible that it does not intersect with the titles of articles that would be useful to you.
5. Use scientific databases. There are special search engines and academic databases, which are indexed thousands of scientific papers, magazines and books. Yes, many of these resources are paid, but there are always ways to get hold of free access.
Look for those databases which collect data relating purely to your topic. Search on such bases will give you a better and more reliable results.
Most of the scientific database allows you to specify your search more than narrowly and in particular only to look, for example, in books or magazines. Do not underestimate the power of carefully configured search parameters!
The list of scientific databases and passwords for access to them probably can be obtained from your school library.
6. Be creative! If you find a book that suits you perfectly, look to a list of literature – there you will find dozens of great books on your topic!