academic writing


THROWBACK ALERT! This post has been pulled from the Wordsmith archives as one that is worth re-visiting!

I’ll let past-Sophie introduce it to you again:

Today’s post is one that, as we speak, is ridiculously close to my heart (well alright, more my head, brain, and that little slip of a degree transcript I want to be scoring in December), yep, you guessed it (again!), of course I am talking about my dreaded Dissertation!

For those of you who, like me, are stuck with two weeks ’til deadline, or for those of you who have begun treading the stepping stones into the world of research in preparation for your final year projects, this guest post is definitely for you.

Lois Weldon is a writer at Dissertation writing service, She loves to help students by writing useful educational tips and tricks for taming the beast that is that 10,000 word end of degree Diss. Living in London with her family, Lois is currently writing a Sci-Fi novel too.

I hope you find her guest post useful.

Sophie. x

A Guide to Writing a Research Paper


Writing a research paper will always be a part of a person’s academic life. Aside from exams, recitations and assignments, a research paper is often part of the curriculum and comprises a big percentage in the computation of a student’s final grade. As a result, a lot of students dread writing a research paper and oftentimes, resort to writing services in order to comply with the course requirements.

While writing a research paper is not as easy as 1-2-3, here are few guidelines which will help students in submitting a quality work.

Tip No. 1 – Choose a relate topic. When topics are not assigned, it’s better to go for a subject that interests you most, whether it’s a hobby, passion or idea that caught your attention. This will make researching and writing more enjoyable since you’re interested in knowing more about a certain subject matter.

Tip No. 2 – Gather relevant information. Writing will not be possible without its backbone – research. Gather all the information you can find about your topic by utilizing all sources of information such as books, journals, articles and online data. Once you have all the data you need, read through it, highlight and make notes of the pertinent information you’re going to need in your paper.

Tip No. 3 – Develop a thesis statement. A thesis statement is a single sentence stating the primary focus of your paper. This means that the whole research is centered on that statement that needs to be proved or disproved as you write your paper.

Tip No. 4 – Make an outline. An outline is a blueprint of what your paper will look like and at the same time, helps keep your writing organized.

Tip No. 5 – Start writing your draft. Using all the information you have gathered from your research, incorporate those information in your paper under its proper heading. Don’t worry about the lack of unity and coherence yet. The important thing is to plot everything in your paper first in order to support your thesis statement. Further, it will be easier to determine whether there is still a need to do more research to supplement your claim.

Tip No. 6 – Maintain a balance in your paper. In writing your research paper, there may be instances wherein sentences or claims will be quoted, especially when you have not conducted your own experimentation. That’s normal. However, your research paper should contain more of your own sentences. An ideal academic paper should have higher ratio of paraphrases and own sentences over direct quotations because it shows you understand what the paper is all about.

Tip No. 7 – Cite your sources. Plagiarism is considered as stealing and stealing is a crime. When doing your research paper, keep track of all the materials you used and don’t forget to acknowledge somebody else’s work especially when you are going to borrow their claim. Further, making your bibliography will be easier since all the sources used are already on hand.

Tip No. 8 – Edit, then proofread. Editing is the process of rearranging, adding or deleting paragraphs, omitting or introducing new information, ensuring unity and coherence between and among the paragraphs and making sure that transition words are properly used to maintain flow and continuity of ideas. Once you’re done with editing, proofread your word and check for any grammatical, spelling or typographical errors.

Tip No. 9 – Come up with a title. Aside from the thesis statement, the research paper’s title can already give an idea of what the research paper is all about. To avoid straying away from original thoughts and to ensure that the title exemplifies the idea of the paper, construct it once writing and editing are done.

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Copyright of Wordsmith HQ, Lois Weldon and Sophie-Louise Hyde, (first published 2013; republished 2018).