Hi there, friends and colleagues!
How are you doing today? We hope that you are feeling good. And we are almost certain that most of you are positive about further professional growth.
Today we are going to speak about research paper format. Here we condensed years of our research experience in only 5 quick steps to make format issues easier.
5 Quick Steps to Great Research Paper Format
So, here’s how you give a proper form to your awesome investigation:
Logic for the literature review. It is important not only to review credible sources, but also to divide them into groups according to the authors’ positions. Some of them agree with your hypothesis, others disagree. Don’t hesitate to include them all to show that you’ve chosen a truly controversial question.
Citations. There’s no such thing as too many citations. Don’t hesitate to cite reputable sources whenever you need them – and format them properly. This shows that you’ve done a lot of work and have plenty of weighty arguments supporting your position. Use citation tools to make it quick and easy. By the way, did you know that you could cite several sources to support one argument by using brackets, like this (Doe, 2003; Simon, 2013; Jobbs, 2009)? If no, it’s high time to add this to your papers.
Limitations acknowledgement. It may seem that your research is just perfect and we believe you that it is pretty close to this. Yet, at least for the sake of politeness, assume that there are certain limitations (as a rule, writing that you used convenient sampling is enough).
Eye candies. In most cases, by simply using proper margins (2.54 cm), spacing (double or single) and font (12 Arial or Times New Roman), you are already close to a great research paper format. However, by adding tables and graphs, you double your chances to impress and persuade readers. (Unless you make the table/graph on your own, don’t forget to include the “Adapted from” part to give proper credit to the source.)
No creativity for the structure. Save your time and energy by simply using the standard parts of a research paper. Love it or hate it, but here goes the classical structure of a research report:
- title page;
- acknowledgements (optional ‘thank you’ page);
- abstract (insert this one here, but write it after you finish the rest of the paper);
- outline/table of contents;
- literature review;
- discussion (the largest part);
Any more ideas on research paper format?