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Some Useful Advice On How To Write A Research Paper


Writing a good research paper can be easy once you learn some good tips. Research papers all follow a basic structure. For research papers that are informative, comparative, or basically “soft” in their content, and by that I mean not an argumentative research paper for which there is a huge, disagreeing body of persons or scholars (such as the topics of abortion, capital punishment, euthanasia, etcetera), then you use the same structure every time.

  1. Introductory paragraph
  2. (You can have two introductions, but I recommend only one until you get better at luring your reader in to the research paper through strong writing skills).

  3. Thesis Statement (This goes right at the end of paragraph one, right after the introductory sentences end).
  4. Body paragraphs of evidence (how many of these you have fully depends on how long the research paper is supposed to be. For a five paragraph research paper, of course, you would want only three paragraphs of evidence. For a four page research paper, you might have 11-14 paragraphs of evidence).
  5. Closing paragraph.

Research Papers that ARE Strongly Argumentative

If your paper is on a strong topic, for which there will be many dissenters—many people who will oppose you, then you want a slightly different structure. Let me show you how these are done.


Strongly Argumentative Research Paper Structures

  1. Introductory Sentences – here make your reader immediately care about your topic through emotion-evoking content that draws your readers’ attention to the dear importance of your topic.
  2. Thesis statement—
  3. Placed at the end of paragraph one.

    Make sure to clearly state your argumentative thesis. For example, “In this essay, I plan to demonstrate that capital punishment is wrong and provide solid evidence to prove this.

  4. Body Evidence Paragraphs with Research, Quotes (with Citations), Paraphrases with Citations, and your writing as well.
  5. Acknowledge and refute the opposition with your argumentative skills.
  6. Closing paragraph

How to Acknowledge and Refute the Opposition

See, just like in a debate you have to at least acknowledge the other side’s major oppositions to your argument. Otherwise, you are not following the basic rules of argument and debate.

Argument is an art form that began way back in the times of the Romans and Roman law. So we still follow the basic tenets of rhetoric and argument today.