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15 January, 2014
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When writing any academic paper, it can sometimes be difficult knowing where to begin. In order to give you a better understanding of how to start a research paper, you may wish to take on board the following advice.
Before you can do anything, you will need to choose a topic that you will write about. In order to help you come up with a good topic to write about, you may wish to use various brainstorming methods, in which you get various ideas written down on paper, and use these for added inspiration, until you come up with a topic that you think will be perfect to write about. Alternatively, you may wish to discuss ideas with a friend or group of friends, so as to work off each other. For example, it may be that your friends think of things that you would not have; furthermore, it may be the case that they think of an idea that they don’t particularly like, which you would actually do really well with.
You may also wish to look at various prewritten papers, so as to give you an idea of what other people have written about and also to use as inspiration for ideas.
Once you have an idea of what you want to write about, you can start making some plans and preparations which should outline what you need to do and when you will do it. If you spend some time planning the work, not only will it make it easy to get started, but it can also make you much more efficient throughout the entire writing process.
Before you can start any of the writing, you will first need to carry out some research. In fact, without doing so, it will make it very difficult to know what you will write about, unless you are already incredibly knowledgeable about the subject. Nevertheless, even if you think you know a lot about the subject, it can still be beneficial to try and find out any further information that you can include.
Whilst the advice so far has been about helping you to get started when writing an academic paper, it is also important to know where to begin. Ultimately, you may simply start with the introduction; however, if you need to include an abstract - which would normally be included at the very beginning of your paper - then it might be best to leave this section until lost, once you have a better idea what you can include in that section, as it will be based upon the rest of the work that you have created.
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