Discussing the Important Basic Elements of Research Paper and Thesis

Chances are that if you are writing a research paper and thesis, you have already written a few projects of similar magnitude. However, this will probably be the largest academic task you will ever have to complete and it can be cumbersome.

  • State your research objectives clearly
    Clear objectives will help you to specify the direction of the research and allow you to move forward with a direct focus. This will also help you to avoid wasting time with reworks.
  • Get approval after each phase
    Instead of waiting until you have finished the project, get feedback from your supervisor as you finish each phase.
  • Research the topic
    There are a wide range of sources available that you can use for research purposes. The more you use the better as it will show that you have invested time into researching the topic.
    As you conduct your research make sure that you take detailed notes and mark the pages that you intend to use.
  • Abstract
    Your abstract should contain 4 paragraphs.
    • Paragraph 1: Define the problem
      In no more than 3 to 4 sentences tell the reader the nature of the problem using basic English.
    • Paragraph 2: Describe why the problem is difficult
      • Why has the problem been so difficult for people to solve?
      • What information has been written about the problem?
      • What are the challenges and obstacles?
    • Paragraph 3: How do you intend on solving the problem?
      • Why are you solving it?
      • What is going to make people take notice of the validity of your research?
    • Paragraph 4: Are there any consequences to your approach?
      • What impact is your research going to have?
      • What is your research going to achieve?
  • Thesis title
    Think about this strategically, and since the internet is the most popular research tool think about how your title will make an impact on internet search engine rankings.
    Find out what the keywords for your subject are and incorporate them into your title.
    Your title should be precise with a specific focus.
  • Conclusion
    • Be honest and reflective
    • What lessons did you learn?
    • Where there any overall insights?
    • Was the problem completely resolved or is there future work that needs to be done?

Your research thesis is going to take a lot of hard work and dedication, how well you do is up to you. The more time and effort spent on it, the better you can expect it to be. You should also keep in mind that a lot of research thesis have been published and marked as significant academic reference material. Do a good job and you could be the next best thing in your academic field.