Writing The Final Part Of An Academic Research Paper
An academic research paper can be a rewarding part of your academic career, so long as you know what you are doing. It can take a great bit of practice to become an experienced research writer, but perseverance, organization, and practice will help.
A research paper is a culmination of research and critical thinking. It is meant to further the field in which you are writing, and give you the chance to increase your knowledge of said field. There are two types of academic research papers.
It starts with a question. Your question needs to be something to which you don’t have the answer. Your goal is to form a question and begin testing different explanations for it. The research you conduct acts as a way to test your question, or hypothesis. As you write your academic research paper, you need start with your introduction. Then you move on to the body where you evaluate your thesis and show why your argument is right, or why the alternative arguments are wrong. In this section, you need to include as much background information as the reader needs to understand your argument.
The conclusion is the final part of your academic research paper. This is the area where you re-state your thesis. It is also the area where you discuss any further implications that may have arisen from your work. If you find that your research indicates your thesis was wrong, this is where you state that, and extrapolate on why it was wrong.
This section is also where you take some time to discuss the broader implications that your research may have on the field. For example, if your research indicated that second hand smoke was consumed in excess in social situations, that might imply that social setting defines the risks people are willing to take, and that people who are in a social setting are less inclined to care about the risks of second hand smoke. Here you will also discuss the limitations of your research. Perhaps you were unable to find a sample size for your research that covered males and females, or perhaps the studies you references don’t specify gender. Finally, you want to offer suggestions for any future research. Going back to the implications your work might have, or the limitations, you could suggest that future research be done with social setting or with gender specific research.