Writing a quality paper does not happen over-night. It takes meticulous planning to put together a well-developed essay. This research paper guide will outline each of necessary steps towards producing that A+ paper you are seeking.

  1. Choosing a topic. Picking a solid topic can be a deceivingly difficult task. Students tend to pick topics that have personal interest however, it is sometimes better to a pick a topic that has more information surrounding it. When you are deciding on the topic for your paper, do a few google searches to ensure you will have enough to talk about when you start writing.
  2. Outlining. Many students want to avoid this step because of the tediousness involved but if you want to get a ‘A’ on assignment, you will need to go the extra mile. A good outline will include your thesis statement, topic sentences for each of your body paragraphs, and a list of discussion points for each topic sentence. Be sure to always write in complete sentences.
  3. Fill in your outline. If you made a thorough outline, your next step should be to fill in your discussion points with evidence. When you have finished developing your discussion points, you should have your body paragraphs nearly finished. The last step is to add transition sentences at the end of each paragraph. The switch between each of your body paragraphs should be fluid. Your reader should have no problem identifying your next discussion point based on the last sentence of the previous paragraph.
  4. Write your introduction and conclusion. Your introduction should prime the readers for what you are about to talk about in your paper. The reason you might consider writing this section after your body paragraphs is because you will have a clearer understanding of the content. This will enable you to be more specific in your introduction which will have a greater impact your reader. Last but not least, you will write your conclusion. In this section, you will reiterate what you have just told the readers and discuss the implications.

In conclusion, this guide for your research paper is designed to simplify the process into 4 steps. The best papers are not complex, but are concise and simplistic. If you convey your ideas in an efficient way rather than attempting to sound overly smart, your paper will ultimately be more effective.