How To Start Your Research Paper

Think of the proposal as the pitch and the paper as the finished product.

A prospectus is a formal proposal of a research project developed to convince a reader (a professor or research committee, or later in life, a project coordinator, funding agency, or the like) that the research can be carried out and will yield worthwhile results.

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Here’s a tip: Although the research paper format is fairly standardized, writing guidelines may vary not only among academic institutions but also among individual professors.

Keep track of your reference materials so you can cite them and build your bibliography later.

The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) and other university writing lab websites are excellent resources to help you understand what information you’ll need to collect to properly cite references.

If you've ever read a research paper that had you head-bobbing after the first sentence, then you know how important the introductory paragraph is.

You have a limited amount of time to grab your reader and pull her in, so don't make her yawn in the first sentence.

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