Beginning A Research Paper

Your thesis statement should tell the reader what the paper is about, where it is going and how it will get there.

While writing a thesis statement, you may want to try the stream of consciousness technique.

Set a date when you will start writing your paper and begin that day – no procrastination. Put the first words down on your rough draft document. This gives you a short working draft of your whole paper in one complete thought – a good visual.

This intro is like an early warning signal that will inform you of any holes you might have in your outline or research material.

You also learn which teacher will pass you if you show up each day and act interested.

Once you know there will be a required research paper to receive credit for the class, go to the campus library and investigate possible topics. Talk with the librarian and ask which topics are popular for that class.

Do not expect the librarian to perform all your research but the staff can offer great tips and point you in the right direction.

Armed with this information will put you days ahead of your classmates.

We’ve all heard the story about the race between the tortoise and the hare.

The hare took off from the starting line in a flash and hopped way ahead of the tortoise.


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