Literary Research Paper Writing

Here is a little advice on literary research paper writing. This advice is meant for students as it relates to ways to get a better mark on your work as opposed to the actual pursuit of intellectual enlightenment through hobbyist literary research paper writing. Here are some tips to help you manage and work your literary research paper writing.

Select a field of inquiry and develop a working hypothesis

Your professor may give you your field of enquiry, which makes your job a lot easier. If you are left to come up with your own field of inquiry then it gets a little more difficult. Though it is tough to correctly advise you, your best bet is always to opt for a field of enquiry that has been covered more times than a hotel mattress. This will mean you can look online for plenty of other people’s efforts and use them for inspiration on your own work.

Gather all your sources

There are plenty of sources out there, but the fact is that the Internet is the best at the moment. Other articles are going to tell you to go to your library, but these days you can even access your college or University library on the Internet. That is why your first port of call should be the Internet.

Think about looking at other people’s research papers that are posted online. They can be tough to find, as they are often hosted on websites that have big catalogs of essays on them, but the websites are not ranked very high up Google so the papers can be difficult to find. Start by actually searching out the catalogs themselves by running general searches for essays and essay directories, or for “old essays.” Once you find the catalogs/directories, you can start searching for research papers that are similar to the one you are writing.

Do not pay for the privilege of looking at another person’s essay. It is a con of the highest order. Bumbling fools that cannot get real work as writers will knock out a poorly researched essay, they fill it with irrelevant references to increase the size of the reference section, and they post it on websites that charge for people to look at them.

When you should use books over digital media

Use books when you want to read every chapter of some text you intend to study. There are plenty of resources where you jump right to the bit you want and then discard the rest without ever glancing at the pages. That is fine, but if a piece if genuinely important to your work and you need to read it all, then buy or rent it as a book. Read it on your bed, on a sun lounger, or even in the bath. It is more comfortable to read than digital text and is will not make your eyes tired as quickly.

Use your research paper strategies

These may be the methodologies you research, or may be methods you created yourself. There is a good chance you will have to describe your methodologies, which is another way of you telling the reader how you researched your paper. Use your strategies to research your paper.

Do the research

This means taking notes the entire time you do your work. Do not fret about getting all the details down in one sitting. You can always write short notes and then attach titles and page numbers so you can find the information again when you need it.

If you have correctly planned your research sessions, then you should have no problem making notes and arranging them so they are the most use to you. If you do not have a system of making notes and arranging them, then you are going to have trouble writing. Shakespeare had no way of organizing his notes. He used to have scraps of paper everywhere and where it worked well for him–he doesn’t have to impress your professor.

Make yourself a mental map

Think of this as the plan you have in your head instead of the one you have written down. Think the resources that are the most important to you and think about reading them first before getting to the stuff that isn’t as seemingly important. Maybe there is a book written about the book you are reading now. With your mental map, you will know if you should read that book next or move onto another resource first.

Write, Check and Proofread

You should write based on your notes, and re-find any information you need via the instructions on your notes (as mentioned earlier). Once you are finished you need to check your work to see if it is technically accurate and consistent. Then you may proofread your work to check for spelling and grammar errors.