We would like to start the operation of our Writing Centre by providing you brief but meaningful and practical guides on preparing a research paper.
Preparing a research paper does not have to necessarily mean that you are a researcher or want to be! But it can definitely mean that you would like to organise your flow of thoughts into an easy-to-follow thread, of which trajectory engages your readers and reviewers. However, engaging is not the only requirement about preparing a research paper. It needs to include a clear and strong argument, a “thesis”, a logical structure and scientifically supported content from the first impression to the last. The first impression is given ultimately by the title, keywords and the abstract of your paper, while the last is given by the future research directions you define as a continuance of your chosen research topic. And in between, a classical research structure involves the introduction, the literature review, the research design and methods, the hypotheses and analysis, the results, and the conclusion. Nevertheless, all these cannot leave any good impression unless you add the proper formatting and referencing styles. We are guiding you through all these steps in the following series, and by the time you feel you have prepared your research, you will be given a Check List to see if really everything is done accurately.
We will issue one or two sections in every week, so you can keep up with your work and schedule, and do not feel overwhelmed. The sections in the first week will determine the framework in which you can carry out the research in the upcoming weeks, namely formatting, structure and referencing.
Hence, we truly believe that the present research guide will help you to prepare a research paper for your higher studies, particularly when it is time to set up your thesis, for scientific conferences and publications, and also for delivering a proper report at job which includes a bunch of information that you have to deal with! It will help you to improve your thinking in an organised way, enhance your critical and analytical skills!
We wish you a good browsing in the series!
Have a great time and see you at the Institute!
Sejla ALMADI, the Editor of Writing Centre
Ps.: The Research Paper Guide has been created along the following references (see Bibliography and Online Sources below). Do not hesitate to browse among them as well! 🙂
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