Reports as a Type of professional Research Papers

Many students find themselves having to write at least one research paper at some point and time during their academic career. If you are going for a college degree, especially a high degree like a Bachelors or Master's, you will be writing a lot of research papers most likely. It is painful for many students but it does not have to be that way if you can keep these simple tips in mind:

  • Choose something that you are interested in or passionate about for your paper. The more interested and engaged you are with the topics the better your writing will be.
  • Be organized and keep track of all your notes, papers, sources, and drafts. Many students loose days and weeks or work because they misplace something and have to start over.
  • Make sure you set aside time for the research. Give yourself time every day if possible to do some research or writing at a time and place where you won't be interrupted.
  • Keep track of your progress, and what you have done and what is still left to do for the research paper. A white board check list can really help you stay on track.
  • Use your available time to get something done, no matter how minor it might seem. If all you can do is go get some books from the library one day that’s better than nothing.
  • Organize your writing and drafts and digital files into folders for easy searching- notes, drafts, references, outlines, and so forth should be their own unique folder.
  • If there are no real due dates or just a final due date, set up smaller dates for different aspects of the paper to help you stay on track so you can finish on time.
  • Connect with others who might be able to help. Some colleges allow for group projects and even if yours is not this type of project, researching as a group can be very helpful.
  • Choose research buddies and writing partners very carefully. Good ones will help you succeed and bad ones will drag you down. Make sure you get the best help you can get.
  • Remember that your first draft is not the one the teacher gets so do not get discouraged at multiple drafts and be ready for the paper to change slightly from on draft to another.
  • Keep up with new advances and discoveries relating to your topic. Long term research papers need to include the newest discoveries and breakthroughs.