A Research Paper is a type of academic writing that needs more theoretical, significant and methodical level of question. Although a research paper is a kind of term paper, some term papers don’t require academic research. Not all research papers can be considered as term papers. An objective of writing a research paper is to allow people to read the work selectively.
In order to make an impression over the reader, in other words to make a paper readable following some points should be noted:
Print or type using a 12 point standard font, such as Times, Geneva, Bookman, Helvetica, etc.
Text should be double spaced on 8 1/2" x 11" paper with 1 inch margins, single sided
Number the pages consecutively
Start each new section on a new page
Mistakes that should be strictly avoided:
Placing a heading at the bottom of a page with the following text on the next page. In this case it is suggested to insert page break.
Dividing a table or figure - confine each figure/table to a single page
Submitting a paper with pages out of order
Starting with a research paper firstly comes abstract. The summary should be two hundred words or less. An abstract is a concise, single paragraph summary of work or work in progress. In a minute or less a reader should be able to understand what the complete paper is all about. After summary comes the introduction part which should not exceed more than two pages (double spaced, typed). The main purpose of an introduction is to provide the reader the basic information about the work. It places work in a theoretical context, and enables the reader to understand and appreciate the main objective of writing a research paper. After the introduction comes the main method and material or the main body of the research paper. There is no such specific page limit to this section, but a key concept is to keep this section as brief as possible. It is impossible to use active voice when writing methods without using first person. This could divert reader's attention on the researcher rather than the work. Therefore when writing up the methods third person passive voice should be used. Normal prose should be used in each and every section of research paper. Informal lists should be avoided. And make use of complete sentences. Last but not least is the result part of the research conducted by the researcher. The page length of result section is set by the amount and types of data to be reported. Continue to be concise, using figures and table to present results are the most effective means of conveying final results. The purpose of a results section is to present and illustrate researcher’s findings.
To write a good research paper, there is a need to be specific about the topic. The content in the topic must be specific, clear n short. The content should make an impact on the mind of the readers. Following are the ten steps which should be considered while writing a good research paper.
• Choose Your Topic. Some...