How To Enhance Your Research Paper Writing Skills
When you write a research paper, your goal is to ensure you make a clear argument. You can get ideas for your argument from insight gained through life experiences, from observations of the world around you, and from thoughts you have inside. You can convert all of these into a scholarly discourse, that which is the backbone of successful civilization and academia. That being said, what you write must be done in a playful and logical fashion. Whatever your discipline, you should develop a thesis which you can support through evidence. You should also be able to anticipate any objections to your argument and counter them, while maintaining the interest of the reader.
Creating a Thesis
Your thesis is the key point of the paper, and you must be able to support it with substantial evidence. Your thesis can evolve throughout multiple drafts of your paper, and may not be there from the start of your research and work. But that is ok. You can generate your thesis and refine it as you go. Many students hesitate when it comes to developing a thesis because they might think they are inadequate as an expert or they are unable to explore a new aspect to a subject that many experts have thoroughly explored in the past. It is nonetheless a good practice for you to ask yourself some questions about the topic you want to explore. Ask yourself questions about it and see what else you want to know about it. Build up the thesis as you research and review the content available on the topic. Start to build a case for your thesis and begin to formulate an argument.
An argument has tension, but it is not a heated and explosive event. Any argument has tension at its core, seeing as the point of an argument is to convince someone who holds a different opinion what you believe is correct.
You want to persuade someone who may not necessarily want to be persuaded. Your objective in the argument is to create a case that a reasonable reader would follow and believe. You can do this by gathering evidence first and foremost, and classifying said evidence by the strength of the evidence and the type of evidence.
You might want to create an argument which goes from strongest piece of evidence to weakest, or vice versa. You can hold back your most convincing argument until the big finale or you can wow your reader up front.
The choice is yours.
Whatever you decide, you want to review all of the evidence in support of your thesis, but also that which might be used against your thesis. You want to be able to generate a response to any objections, anticipate them before the reader has a chance to say them. This is called a counterargument. And if there is no counter argument which can be made against your thesis, then your thesis is not very good and might be something obvious, which everyone has already accepted as fact. If you can make it known to the reader that you are aware of objections, you will show the reader that you are prepared, that you have done your research, and that you are somewhat of an expert in your field. If you do not address counter arguments, it will come across as though you were trying to hide the arguments or that your position is weak. This will undermine the strength of your overall paper and you of course want to avoid this at all costs.