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Research Papers Made Easy

Many students are intimidated by having to write research papers. There is absolutely no need for this anxiety. The majority of the time the one thing not given to students to make writing research papers easier is a how-to list. The how-to list that follows is a step-by-step guide that will help any student from middle school level to college level. By following the steps in the list the anxiety of being assigned a research paper will be lessened, if not eliminated altogether. All a student has to do is take one step at a time.

Steps For Writing A Research Paper

Step One: Choose A Topic

Step Two: Gather Information
A. Use notecards. Write one fact on each card.
B. Make a bibliography list to cite all your sources.

Step Three: Organize Your Information Cards
Put all related information together.

Step Four: Outline Your Paper
Use the sorted information cards to outline how your paper will read.

Step Five: Write Your Paper
A. Use information cards and outline to write your paper.
B. Make a Bibliography Page from your bibliography list.
C. Re-read your paper to check for typos and mistakes.

Now that the students have a step-by-step guide for writing a research paper they can be off to a running start. Steps One, Two and Three are the easiest of all the steps. Questions may arise, however, when they get to Step Four: Outline Your Paper. Don’t worry because guess what? There’s a list for outlines too. Outlines vary only in how detailed they get. The basics never change.

How To Outline Your Research Paper

I. Main idea goes here. Outlines do not need to be complete sentences.
II. List fact about your main idea.
a. List detail about your fact.
b. List detail about your fact.
III. List fact about your main idea.
a. List detail about your fact.
b. List detail about your fact.
IV. List fact about your main idea.
a. List detail about your fact.
b. List detail about your fact.
V. Conclusion goes here. Using different words restate your main idea.
VI. Bibliography

Step Four: Writing the Paper seems to be the hardest part of the list. It’s really not. If the student has followed all the other steps, then they’ve basically got the paper written. All that’s left is the fine-tuning. At this stage fine-tuning means simply taking the outline and using it to write complete sentences in an organized arrangement. If the student isn’t quite sure what organized arrangement means, that’s okay, there’s a list!

Building Your Research Paper

Paragraph One:
First paragraph includes main idea with a brief introduction to what will be in your paper. What are you writing about? Why are you writing about it? Why is it important?

Paragraph Two-Three-Four:
The next paragraphs give all the details about your main idea. You need to have at least three detail paragraphs but you may have more. What made your subject important? What was interesting? What were the details?

Paragraph Five:
The last paragraph briefly restates what your paper was about. It concludes the paper. You can use different words to re-write the main idea used in the first paragraph. What did you write about? Did the details prove why your main idea was important?

Last but not least in the process of writing a research paper is the bibliography. Plagiarism is not allowed; so anyone writing a research paper needs to make sure they give credit where credit is due. While the actual formatting of information may vary for the multitude of different sources available, the basics are the same. Beginning research writers can start with the guidelines in this article. More advanced writers will need to consult their instructor or one of many books that show precise formatting for every source. The basics are simple and, wouldn’t you know it, we have a list.

How To Build A Bibliography Page

Step One:
Keep a list of all the places you get information from. Books, videos, magazines, websites.

Step Two:
A. Label page Bibliography.
B. List all your sources by type. All websites together. All books together.

Information needed for bibliography.

Websites: Address, website title
Books: Title, author, copyright date, publisher
Magazine: Magazine title, article title, article author, copyright date,
magazine issue date

Say no to panic attacks when confronted with the task of writing a research paper. Every student now has a plan. All that’s left is following the step-by-step list to getting a research paper written. May every research paper be blessed with an A++.