Writing any kind of research or scientific paper is not an easy job and requires a lot of time and effort. Whether it is the first or who knows which research work in a row, we always ask the same question – where to start? Knowing where to start the research process can make things a lot easier and less stressful. For beginners in scientific work, it is extremely important to know all the elements of the research process to be able to evaluate the results of existing scientific research, but also to conduct it independently. In a few simple steps, we will help you write your research paper more easily.
What does research work look like?
Your completed paper may look like a long essay or it may be divided into sections. It depends on the type of research. Work in the field of natural sciences will be different from work in literature.
Papers in the field of natural sciences often contain a report on an experiment conducted by a student or on a problem solved. For this reason, the paper may contain sections separated by titles and subheadings, such as Summary, Method, Materials, and others. Your mentor will tell you which writing style you should use.
Order of writing the paper
The order of writing is an individual matter for each author, a depends on the issue, type of work, etc. However, it is best to start reading with the chapter that seems the easiest. For many, it is Material and Methods.
Material and methods are the choices for easiest after brush writing a paper because it is about the part in which the matter which is already well processed in the planning phase of the scientific research from which it arises work (work is a report on the conducted research and obtained results).
The results of scientific research is also a logical path because it is actually a presentation of data obtained during the planning of scientific research and the writing of this part of the paper comes down to the choice of results and the choice of the act of presenting research results.
Discussion is the most creative part of scientific work as a report to scientific research because, in it, the obtained research results are put in context scientific knowledge belong will scientific disciplines or interdisciplinary scientific field. Thus, the research results acquire a relationship with the overall scientific knowledge of the discipline as a scientific reality.
Discussion means establishing the relevance of the results of scientific research in the whole scientific knowledge of a scientific discipline, branch, and field of science, which creates a basis for defining the scientific contribution of scientific work, but also scientific research about which the paper reports.
Psychology is a broad term, focus on the field
Writing a research paper in psychology is a very broad term because it covers hundreds of different topics and areas that you can cover. The key lies in choosing an appropriate topic for your psychological work and that should be something narrow enough to allow you to truly focus on the topic, but not so narrow that it is difficult to find sources or information you can write about.
Just writing a research paper is not a difficult job now that you know what it should look like and where to start. It is important to determine the focus of writing at the very beginning, ie to decide on a certain branch of psychology – whether it is writing about a specific career in psychology, analyzing a known experiment, disorder, or type of therapy, a topic that includes human cognition (thinking, language, intelligence, decision making), or human development – it is up to you to decide. To make it easier for you, you can click here for some topic suggestions.
You may be tempted to dive in and start writing, but developing a strong work environment can save you a lot of time, hassle, and frustration. It can also help you spot potential problems with flow and structure.
Start by noting the three most basic parts: introduction, body, and conclusion. Then start creating subsections based on the literature review. The more detailed you describe it, the easier it will be to write your paper.
What is writing style?
There are specific rules for writing and formatting papers, according to the standards of research ethics and depending on the style of work you write. One of the common styles is the Modern Languages Association style (MLA), which is used for literature and some social sciences.
The other is the style of the American Psychological Association (APA), and that style is used in the social and behavioral sciences. The Chicago style is used to write history papers, although high school teachers require an MLA for history assignments. Students may only use Chicago and APA styles in college. The scientific-journalistic style is usually used in works from the natural sciences.
What does “cite sources” mean?
During your research, you will gather evidence from books, articles, sites, and other sources that you will use to support your thesis. Each time you provide information you have found, you must indicate this in the paper. You can do this by quoting inside the text or by footnote. The way you cite a source depends on the writing style you use, but it is a combination of the author’s name, source title, and the page number.
Is a bibliography always necessary?
The last page of your paper should contain a list of all the sources you have used. This list has several titles, it can be a bibliography, a list of references, a list of used papers, a list of cited papers. Your mentor will tell you which writing style you should use in your work. In your style guide, you will find all the necessary information on how to successfully assemble all the parts of the work.