TERM PAPER ORGANISATION AND SUBMISSION
How To Structure The Research Paper
Section One | Introduction
Introduce your topic, theses statement and very briefly define the key terms in your assignment.
Section Two | Research Findings
When carrying out the research, the information that you gather from the various sources and included in your essay/report are the Research findings. In this section:
1) cite only the relevant part of the information that directly answers your research question/issue.
2) summarize and paraphrase the findings.
3) correctly reference the sources for all findings included. Use Harvard Referencing Style.
4) When you add the findings in this section, just include the answer to the question/task - be brief. DO NOT DISCUSS IN THIS SECTION. You will discuss the findings when you get to paragraph 3.
5) number list the findings.
6) Review the instructions in the assignment for minimum number of references that you are to include.. The minimum number of sources to be cited in section two: research findings is stated in your assignment instructions - be sure to meet that requirement.
Section Three | Discussion Of The Research Findings
This is the most substantial part of the paper where you are expected to fully carry out all requirements of the topic/task and bring the findings together in a cogent, synthesized, and practical way.
1)You will carry out the discussion of the findings that you gathered in section two.
2) You should focus not only on the findings but all the issues that you were instructed to in the topic/task e.g. apply the findings in the context of a role or case study that you are given.
3) Corroborate all the different perspectives/findings that you included. See the command verb in the topic to determine whether to explain the findings, assess, analyze, evaluate, or compare them etc. Ensure you know what the command verb prompts you to do before you begin writing up the discussion.
4) Below is a direct link to definitions and examples of the different Command Verbs that are used in the assignments.
Section Four | Conclusion
Your conclusion is:
1) a restatement of the topic, thesis and aim of the paper
2) a very brief summary of the key points in your assignment that directly answers the research topic/task
3) a blanket statement that proposes the results/outcomes of the research as the facts that emerged from them.
Do not include new information in the conclusion
Section Five | Recommendation
Recommendation section should only be included if you are directed to make recommendations. The facts that emerged from the research will enable you to make suggestions and appropriate decisions for future actions. Recommendations should be relevant, actionable, timely, and specific.
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