How To Conclude Your Research Paper
- Structure of a research paper
- The most commonly used formatting
- How does a research paper looks like?
- Final tips
Every study has its conclusion which should be made properly. But before concluding your paperwork, you need to find out what kind of work you are going to develop and finish after the whole research has been made.
What is a research paper? Among the numerous kinds of assignments, this kind of paperwork is considered one of the most challenging. Quite often its creation brings many problems and difficulties for the students and the representatives of different professions who also write assignments from time to time. When creating that kind of paper you will need to look through the tones of articles, books, studies, other writers’ works and artworks. A research paper is aimed to investigate a definite issue, to analyze it and to represent the new ways to solve it. Alike an ordinary essay, you don’t need to use your own experience and express your own ideas, but you have to survey a specific field of science which provides the best information about the subject under analysis. As it is understood from the name itself, a research paper is a document you are going to represent after researching about a specific topic. It does not mean you copy-paste only from the Google results, but you should use them to deeply puzzle out the matter which is under research and provide your own approach to it.
Alike 2 pages essay, a research paper’s volume is bigger. Depending on several aspects, you may write from 6 to 8 pages of assignment. 7 pages is a happy medium but 6 pages are acceptable as well. Take a note that the paperwork which is longer than 8 pages has a risk to become too long for a reader.
Like every assignment, a research paper is to be structured according to the specific requirements and should contain:
- an Introduction,
- Main Part,
- and a Conclusion.
Every part of the work shall be not very long but provide enough information confirmed by convincing examples and valid statements.
One of the reasons why your research work may become longer is the format you chose. If you are going to use headings, captions or subtitles, do not overdo with them, since they can take more space than you expected. At the same time, if you use several engrossing subtitles and captions, you will only get extra pluses to your work. Separate the part of the work from each other by short headings.
The most commonly used formatting of a paperwork is:
- Times New Roman font, size 12;
- 1-inch margin on top, bottom and from the sides;
- A “running header” on the top of every page;
- White 8,5 x 11” paper;
- The 1/5 inch-indent of the first word of a paragraph.
The most popular format is as follows:
A title page -> Table of Contents -> Abstract -> Keywords -> Introduction -> Research problem -> Methodology -> Literature Review -> Data analysis -> Discussion -> Conclusion -> References -> Appendices -> Acknowledgment.
How does your research paper look like?
An Introduction is surely the first part of your work which represents the thesis and the purpose of the research paper. The major reason because of which you decided to create this study should be mentioned on here as well. Do not forget to outline the steps you are going to take in order to achieve your purpose mentioned before. A brief presentation of the main ideas you are going to discuss is also needed. You should provide your reader with the motivation to continue reading and specify the basic points which will be covered by your study.
The Main Part is the meat of your whole work. This part should be full of arguments which support your thesis statement. Your regard should be paid to the obligatory condition of a study writing: each position you take should be confirmed by minimum 3 supporting arguments. Start with a strong argument, then provide a stronger one and finish with the strongest argument you can find for a position.
Summarizing the Main Discussion Part attracts the biggest attention of a reader. Discussion or a Summary of Findings is another names of the second to the last big part of the paperwork. This part should take 6-7 paragraphs; each paragraph should contain not more than 200 words. In this article, you are you to represent the main findings and results relating to the general purpose of your investigation. Usually while summarizing you do not use any numbers or references to the tables above but your explanations should be supported by the results of the data analysis. Explain the results in words to be understood by any person who is not a researcher.
Many students write a Discussion part as if it is a Conclusion. This is an often mistake of everybody who is badly familiar with the nuances of manuscripts writing. To understand what a Conclusion is, imagine that this is a summary of everything you have said before. In the Conclusion, you remind your reader of your hypothesis, a research question, and the major findings/ results. In this part, you should explain in what way your research contributes to the current literature or science. It is important to present the possible future directions for the investigation and provide your recommendations.
In order to achieve an interesting and relevant Conclusion, take into account the following tips:
- When you finish writing a Conclusion, read it again and ask yourself, “So what?”. Should you have an answer, it means the goal of the Conclusion has been reached;
- Do your best to ensure that your reader has an irrefutable answer to his/her questions which would arise while reading your study;
- Be careful not to add any new data or arguments which have not been presented in the previous parts;
- Do not repeat the statement and thesis said in the Introduction. Find other words to present the supporting arguments and connect them in one or two sentences;
- Make a link between the Intro and the Conclusion. In order to create such a link, you may put a question in the Intro and provide an answer to it in the Conclusion;
- Finish with a logical statement. Even if you did not find a conclusive answer to the concerned question, do not be afraid of saying that it should be investigated more detailed and the study should be continued;
- Depending on the topic, you may finish your research paper by a question put to a reader. In this situation, you force him to make his own conclusion based on the data found in your paper.