Hundreds of students get into troubles being accused of academic plagiarism due to inability to properly cite their sources.
15 January, 2014
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Though it requires a good amount of time and a lot of hard work, the ability to write a good research paper is an invaluable skill. Not only will it come in handy over and over again, but it will also sharpen your ability to find, collect, and compile large amounts of information, which is a skill useful for almost everything. Unfortunately it is not a quick process, but here are some tips and things to think about that will get you started down the right road.
While it may seem to be a good idea to rush right off to the library as soon as the assignment lands on your desk, there are a couple things you need to figure out before your research starts. First, you need to come up with a specific subject. If you start off with a broad, vague subject then you will end up with a lot of useless information and wasted time. It also prevents you from forming any effective research strategies. Instead, enter the library looking for a particular set of information, it will make it easier to find really relevant data. For example, the subject firefighting is way too broad; you could end up with some stuff on ladder trucks, historical fires, and fire extinguishers, which will make it really difficult to make a coherent paper. Something like firefighting at sea will narrow things down a leave you with information that is far easier to work with.
Once you have all of your research keep in mind that this paper is still really about you. It is quite easy to simply report back on what you have found, which only goes so far. You are bringing all of this information together to learn something or make a point. Don’t forget to tell the reader know what that is. Explain how all of this fits together and why it is important.
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