How To Start Writing A Research Paper In A Proper Format

Writing is not a very tough task as we all assume it to be. Sure, it takes time and effort in writing a research paper; but that doesn’t mean we can’t write one. Someone once said, writing is nothing but starting a blank sheet until blood forms on the forehead and bleeds from there into the paper in the form of words. Writing somehow is a similar kind of activity. However, while there are forms of writing, writing a research paper requires not only good vocabulary but also technical skills along with deep knowledge of the topic you’re going to write about. In case if you’re not very much acquainted with writing, it’s always better to pay someone to write a paper instead of ending up with a third-grade paper. Every student at a certain point of time in their lives would be asked to write research papers based on their projects, experiments or observations in the lab. One thing that we should be aware of is the fact that research paper is not just another ‘lab report’. It contains more than a set of Q&A, observations, and results. Therefore, to convey the right information to the reader; a research paper should contain the kind of writing that boosts your topic and therefore, your career.

Format of a Research Paper:

The primary objective of writing a research paper is to provide the readers with authentic information and as well allow them to read your experiments in an organized manner rather than showing them whatever you have done through the process. For suppose, if a person has selected a topic; he might be interested in a specific method, a particular result which he interprets filtered by his mental capacity and then puts it on the paper in the discussion area. This discussion area will be a lot different to another person’s discussion who has selected the same topic but has interpreted differently. Therefore, research papers are to a long term customized with several sections that are written in order one after another. Starting with the abstract of the research paper to the biology; it contains many sections in which different aspects of the topic are discussed in core level. By following a particular pattern in writing; we are not only giving a direction to the subject but can also engage the users in an affluent reading which helps in creating interest among them.

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Style of the Research Paper:

Do’s:

  1. The paper must be readable.
  2. A font size of 12 should be used as a standard and the front type can be of Times (New Roman), Helvetica, Lato, Bookman, Georgia, Droid Sans or Geneva et.al.
  3. The text is always supposed to be double-spaced.
  4. The paper size should be of 8 .5″ x 11″ with single sided margins.
  5. A new section should always be started on a new page with adherence towards the page limit.
  6. Every page should contain a page number and a header/footer displaying the topic.
  7. A cover page is mandatory along with the contents page.

Don’ts:

  1. Never place a heading at the page’s bottom and continue the text to the next page.
  2. Never divide a table or a figure in two different pages. Confine it to a single page.
  3. Never submit a page without order.
  4. Never avoid using the normal prose in the content.
  5. Never get out of the topic and write something irrelevant. Splitting into paragraphs is a mandatory thing to be done.
  6. Never use any other tense other than present tense except in the literature review.
  7. Avoid usage of informal words, dangling modifiers and passive voice as much as you can. Slang terms and superlatives are a big no.

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Starting the Research Paper:

The first step includes creating a visually acute cover page with the right information. Place the title of the topic in the center of the paper followed by your name. Mention the guide under whom you’re working, the university’s name, your roll number, the date you’re submitting the paper. Make sure that you’ve formed an appropriate and as well as an informative title while making the title page as this will play a major role and also goes into your portfolio. If you have a co-author; mention details about him/her along with the addresses of both. Once you’re done with the title page; now, go to the contents page and list out the different sections you want to insert a serial number and a page number. The page number will be left empty to be filled out later. Make a proper table with these three columns and make sure that you’ve covered all the sections before proceeding to the abstract.

After being done with these things, you can now start writing the main content. Always follow a direction and maintain flow in the content to make users understand what you’re aiming at. In the end, list all the reference alphabetically under the Bibliology section.

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