The writing process: How to create a term paper proposal

When you have a term paper assignment, your instructor may require that you submit a paper proposal before you begin the writing process. A proposal explains the focus of your term paper and how you will go about completing the assignment. Even if a proposal is not required, it’s still a good idea to create one for yourself. Read more

More than tradition: Writing tips for religious studies research projects

Religious studies are not just for those who want to focus on a particular religious tradition. The topic easily integrates with liberal arts, philosophy and sociology. When faced with the prospect of completing a term paper or research project for your religious studies course, you will be able to take the project in any number of directions, all of which will allow you to explore the beliefs and passions that have been inspired by religion. Here are a few writing tips to get you started. Read more

How to write a term paper for your target audience: Your professors and peers

Professor and peersLike the conversations you have with people, it’s not just the message that matters, it’s also the audience. Keep that same consideration in mind as you write your term paper and ask yourself “who’s reading this” and “what message do I want them to receive?” And remember, it’s a person that reads and grades your paper—not a robot, computer or answer key—so tailor your writing to your specific (human) audience. Read more

Digital research tools: How are your Internet research skills?

The use of digital technology in education places boundless information resources in the hands of students. Yet, the ability to access information does not translate into the Internet research skills to filter out the useless and focus on the relevant. How do your information literacy skills stack up? Read more

Writing your PhD dissertation proposal from choosing dissertation topics to formulating research questions

The dissertation proposal is different from that of other types of proposals such as the research paper proposal. Dissertations are the ultimate in research and report writing. After evaluating the many possibilities in dissertation topics, you will begin the process of creating the dissertation proposal that will form the roadmap for your dissertation. Read more

Finals week also means turning in final research papers

You may have been researching and brainstorming for weeks, but sometimes polishing your paper up with the final details can be exhausting and it’s tempting to rush through them for the sake of getting the paper done. Try these hints for tying your final research paper up neatly.

Persevere

As this is your final research paper of the semester and likely your final grade, it’s important not to give up on it until you’re truly proud of your work. Finals week is generally the most strenuous time in your college career, and the weeks leading up to it may have you stressed out already. Read more

Learn from good examples of research papers

When your instructor assigns a research paper assignment does your blood run cold with fear? It’s typical to feel helpless and overwhelmed by the prospect of finding good research paper topics and delving through books and articles to find nuggets of wisdom to inspire and guide you. Consider using good examples of research papers to help guide you. Read more

How to write a conclusion for a research paper

By the time you get to your research paper conclusion you probably feel as if there is nothing more to be said. But knowing how to write a conclusion for a research paper is important for anyone doing research and writing research papers. If you finish strong, you will impress your readers and be effective in communicating your ideas. Read more

How to write an abstract for a research paper

It’s not enough that you’ve spent hours doing research and writing research papers. Once the research paper is completed you find that you have to write something called a research paper abstract, too. An abstract is a way to summarize the article in a few short sentences and it’s easier to create than you might think! In this post, we will show you how to write an abstract for a research paper. Read more

Research paper checklist: What professors look for when grading

Research paper grading criteria can vary wildly among university professors.  So how do you figure out if your paper will be up to snuff. No doubt different categories will be more important to different professors, so it’s a good idea to initially review the research paper grading rubric and ask your instructor questions about his or her criteria to gauge what is a priority. Read more