Tackling Research Paper Writing Problems: How To Complete An Outstanding Project


The part of essay-writing that takes the most time is researching your topic. Many students come across problems when researching the topic. Their main problem is that they only try researching in one way or location. A few of the questions students have include:

  1. Where do I go to get more sources?
  2. What types of sources can I use?
  3. How do I keep my notes organized?
  4. Where do I go to get more sources?

You can check many different places: the library, databases, interviews, publications such as books and newspapers, etc. sometimes you may need to create your own sources, generally this is done in the form of interviews. Eventually you may be asked to create your own data, such as in experiments.

What types of sources can I use?

There are some pretty strict yet vague guidelines on choosing valid sources. It may seem like common sense to accept practically any book as a valid source, however done books are not as reputable as others. In this case, you may need to do a quick internet search of the author and get a general idea of how the book was received in the academic world. This technique can be used on every type of source available. Website sources are harder to determine the validity. Website sources that include the author's name, sources, and have a good writing style are considered signs of a reliable source. Also, you can trust a website if the domain ends in .edu or .gov. These domains are reserved for college/university and government websites. The other domains like .net, .org, and com can be purchased by any person, so the information may not be as reliable.

How do I keep my notes organized?

Keeping your noted organized is an especially hard task. You may find it easier to keep your notes organized by each major point or by the source type. Whichever you decide helps keep you on track is the way to go. Other ways of keeping your notes organized is by using the folders option in word processors, using sticky notes, and by organizing your information by the date you found it.

Writing Your Paper

Getting the research out of the way is probably the most time-consuming and hardest part of writing a good paper. Once the research is completed you can get to work on writing a great essay. Having all of your information mapped out will help you in writing your essay. All of the information just needs to be put in a concise and logical flow for your readers to understand exactly what you understand.