1. Planning a Paper
Discovering what interests you and how to share ideas with your readers is a strong beginning for a research paper that will take you beyond your current level of knowledge.
Learn different brainstorming practices to help you write a paper you’ll enjoy working on.
Ask questions about your subject and work with your assignment to choose an interesting, manageable topic.
Understanding your audience can help you find ways to connect your writing with their knowledge and expectations.
Pose questions about the readers of your research project to determine what kinds of sources and evidence they will find most persuasive.
Offer an informed opinion by thinking critically about your topic to strengthen your credibility as a writer.
Considering your own attitudes, experience, and stance on your topic will help you develop a reasonable research plan and locate useful evidence later on.
Creating the right thesis for your paper can help you focus your research and develop a topic that is interesting for you and your readers.
As you preview sources and consider what you already know, aim to draft a statement of your working thesis and what you believe your research will show.
A well-organized paper with a recognizable structure will be easier to compose and will leave your readers with a clear understanding of your topic.
Using your working thesis and major ideas, you can develop an outline to organize your project.
Using an argument or comparison and contrast organization
Determine whether to use argument or comparison and contrast to organize your paper.
Using a narrative or cause and effect organization
Determine whether to use a narrative or cause and effect to organize your paper.