Writing a Research Paper in
Choosing a topic
It should :
zbe interesting to you
zNot so brad that it is unmanageable
zNot so narrow that you can’t find enough
information on it
zNot so difficult you can’t understand it.
Deciding on a title
zShould be specific and informative
zShould be concise
zCut any words that do not serve an
important function in describing the
Working with literature
z Use peer reviewed paper in order to better
support what you are writing about.
z Research papers in scientific journals,
conference proceedings are good resources.
z Start research with scientific encyclopedia,
textbooks, lab manuals, and articles in
magazines for lay readers in order to familiarize
yourself with the topic.
z If articles are not available at school request
Presenting your material
z Sketch out a rough plan or make and outline.
z Include an Abstract, if appropriate. An abstract is
just a summary on the main focus of your paper.
z Introduce the subject, explain your rationale, and
state your central question, objectives, or thesis.
z Build a focused discussion
z Document your paper thoroughly
z Use quoted material sparingly
z End with general conclusions
Checklist for papers
-is your title specific and informative?
-Does it contain relevant keywords?
-Does your abstract state the aims and scope of your
-Does it summarize major research on your topic?
-is your Abstract concise?
-Does your introduction present the scientific issue and
give a rationale for your review?
-Do you state the paper’s central question or objectives?
z Body of the paper
-Do you synthesize and interpret the literature, rather than merely
-Are your paragraphs will organized, developing main points by means of
details and specific examples?
-Do you rely on your own wording, using quotations rarely if at all?
-Have you cited all important sources?
-Is your conclusion section mare than just a summary?
-Do you discuss controver