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Research Paper Writing Rules: A Brief Introduction

Creating a research paper is a long-term project which requires a lot of effort by the author or authors. In order to optimize the making-up process, you should learn the basics about academic writing in the first place. In this article, we brief you in this process so that you know how to tackle this assignment.

  • Get an outline done.In order to organize your work, you should create a template. Then, work on the outline for your paper. By doing so, you will be able to focus on the content from that moment onwards. In order to get the outline, you should check the requirements that you have been given. In a frequent basis, the instructions will point out what the compulsory sections are.
  • Comply with the requirements. Your aim is to adapt the outline to the requirements of your research paper. A useful approach in the early stages is to make a minimalistic template which contains the compulsory sections. Later, you will be able to add more parts to the article, as you go on in the research.
  • The basic structure. The most common structure for a research paper is the following:
    • Abstract
    • Introduction
    • Methodology
    • Evidence
    • Data analysis
    • Conclusion
    • References & bibliography
  • Proofreading is a must. Needless to say that you should avoid misspelling in the whole document. In order to have your text corrected, you may use a correcting software. By so doing, you will save a lot of time while looking for the most common mistakes. It is recommended that you rely on a specialized software for spelling correction because the default correctors may not be precise enough for an academic text. There are online tools which offer paper proofreading services for free.
  • Avoiding misspelling is not enough. In addition to grammar accuracy, a paper demands coherence in the references. You should make a list of the acronyms which you use throughout the article and, if necessary, include a summary for the readers.
  • The paper needs coherence.Once you have the text complete, you should focus on the synergy of the sections. A research paper demands that the minimum number of words communicate the maximum information with precision. In order to achieve this goal, you should avoid unnecessary repetition (unless you are re-stating your thesis or making a conclusion) and, most importantly, you should vanish any ambiguous phrase.