Writing Tips for Good Research Papers

Writing Tips for Good Research Papers - Writing Tips for...

Info icon This preview shows page 1. Sign up to view the full content.

Writing Tips for Good Research Papers 1. Make sure you explicitly state within the first paragraph what you are going to argue. Research papers involve proving or disproving something, and the reader needs to know from the beginning what you intend to do. If you then organize your paper based on a simple idea of introduction, body, and conclusion, you should have no problem completing the assignment. 2. Your statements should be backed up by sources when necessary. Topics that are not common knowledge should have citations and/or footnotes to inform the reader of their origin so it’s clear they’re not your ideas. Something like “Bram Stoker wrote the novel Dracula ” is an example of common knowledge, something you wouldn’t need to source. Whereas “Bram Stoker was bed- ridden with a mysterious illness in his youth” is not common knowledge and would require a source to prove its origin. 3. Footnotes are your friend! MLA does not like footnotes for citations, however, but you can occasionally use them for extra information. Other formats, like Chicago, prefer footnotes for
Image of page 1
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

{[ snackBarMessage ]}

What students are saying

  • Left Quote Icon

    As a current student on this bumpy collegiate pathway, I stumbled upon Course Hero, where I can find study resources for nearly all my courses, get online help from tutors 24/7, and even share my old projects, papers, and lecture notes with other students.

    Student Picture

    Kiran Temple University Fox School of Business ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    I cannot even describe how much Course Hero helped me this summer. It’s truly become something I can always rely on and help me. In the end, I was not only able to survive summer classes, but I was able to thrive thanks to Course Hero.

    Student Picture

    Dana University of Pennsylvania ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    The ability to access any university’s resources through Course Hero proved invaluable in my case. I was behind on Tulane coursework and actually used UCLA’s materials to help me move forward and get everything together on time.

    Student Picture

    Jill Tulane University ‘16, Course Hero Intern