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How to Write a Research Paper

How to Write a Research Paper
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ISBN: 978-87-403-1069-6
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Pages : 332
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About the book

  1. Reviews
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Reviews

Damien O'Connor ★★★★★

I thought the introduction was grounded very clearly since other similar books I read have frighten me off writing research papers. The book lets you see how doable and valuable research really is. It doesn't make it seem like a bridge too far. It could be read as a whole because it is interesting in itself or you could return to the topics when you need a bit more support for your own writing. I thought the appendix was particularly useful because it includes useful technological dimensions. The book also makes clear how to develop your research paper from beginning through its many stages and how to persist in bringing it to completion. Its a very useful book.

Boikhutso Benitah Morgan ★★★★★

This book really helped me in writing my research proposal and research paper. I am currently doing ABC in Gaborone, Botswana.

anonymous ★★★★★

Helpful and easy to understand. Really useful tool for the final year project.

Oteng Ramarea ★★★★★

This book provides very insightful ideas on research, it clears misconceptions about research that have been made before hand by different candidates. It is helping me a lot with my final year research paper and proposal. Thank you sir for the book. ABC student in Botswana.

Description

By using small simple exercises and feedback this book aims to develop the practical and analytical skills needed to write a good research paper or a research chapter in a dissertation – assignments that many undergraduate and M.Sc. students at University face.

These skills include:-

  • Understanding the difference between a research paper and an essay.
  • Helping you develop ideas for your research paper.
  • Learning how to find the research papers you will need.
  • Developing your understanding of research papers.
  • Develop an understanding of research methods, experimental design and bad science so you will have the skills to evaluate research for yourself.
  • Develop the writing skills needed to write your research paper.

Many books already exist to help with basic writing skills or even academic writing. Unlike those texts this book will focus solely on the skills required to write a research paper. Each chapter incorporates small exercises with solutions and feedback provided.

Content

  1. Just What is ‘Research’ Anyway?
    1. Research – A Common Misunderstanding
    2. What is Research?
    3. What is Knowledge?
    4. A Simplified Scientific Process
    5. A Hypothesis…a Testable Theory
    6. The Differences between Research Papers and Books
    7. Research Papers are Scary
    8. The Differences Continued
    9. Good Quality Sources
    10. Research Sources Ranked in Decreasing Order of Quality
    11. How You Demonstrate the Use of Good Quality Sources
    12. How to Write a Research Paper
    13. Summary
  2. Research – Changing our World
    1. Researchers Change the World
    2. Astronomy Research
    3. Business Research
    4. Computing Research
    5. Construction Research
    6. Engineering Research
    7. Environmental Research
    8. Humanities Research
    9. Medical Research
    10. Military Research
    11. Psychology Research
    12. Science Research (Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics)
    13. Robotics Research
    14. Space, Aircraft and Automotive Research
    15. Sports Research
    16. Technology Research
    17. Your Contribution to a Changing World
  3. Finding Research Papers
    1. An Unexpected Starting Point
    2. Choosing a General Topic for your Research Paper
    3. Tools for Finding Research Papers
    4. Learning How to Find Research Papers
    5. How to Find a Coherent Set of Research Papers
    6. Choosing a Title for Your Research Paper
    7. Choosing a Title for a Dissertation Research Chapter
    8. Other Resource Discovery Services such as the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
    9. Summary
  4. Research Methodology
    1. Research…an analogy
    2. Scientific Method
    3. Scientific Principles
    4. Controlled Experiments
    5. Empirical Research
    6. Basic Research Criteria
    7. Basic Research vs Applied Research
    8. Qualitative vs Quantitative Research
    9. Project Types
    10. Alternatives to Laboratory Based Experiments
    11. Data used to Generate a Hypothesis Cannot be Used to Verify the Hypothesis
    12. Testing the Null Hypothesis
    13. Testing Our Understanding of the Concepts
    14. Flawed Research
    15. Summary
  5. Analysing the Contents of a Research Paper
    1. Understanding What a Research Paper Looks Like
    2. Not All Research Papers Are The Same…
    3. Summary
  6. Designing and Running Experiments
    1. What Role do Experiments Play in Research?
    2. Definition of an Experiment
    3. Designing an Experiment
    4. Setting up an Experiment
    5. Recording the Results
    6. Can We Trust the Results?
    7. Analysis of the Results
    8. Reaching Conclusions
    9. Different Types of Experiment
    10. Considering Different Types of Experiment
    11. More Detailed Experimental Design
    12. Summary
  7. Bad Science and the Need for Critical Evaluation
    1. Scepticism is Good and Science is Essential
    2. But What about Bad Science?
    3. Bad Science
    4. Evaluating the Science
    5. Poor Methodology…
    6. Examples of Good or Bad Methodology
    7. Big or Small Question Mark ? or ?
    8. Flawed Discussion of Results…
    9. An Example Discussion of the Results
    10. False Positives verses False Negatives
    11. Unjustified Conclusions…
    12. An Example of a Researchers Conclusions
    13. Accepting Conclusions as Valid
    14. Learning More about Critical Evaluation
    15. One Additional Thought…
    16. Summary
  8. Plagiarism, Citations and References
    1. What is Plagiarism?
    2. Citations and References
    3. The British or Harvard System
    4. The Reference List
    5. The Impact of this on the Body of Your Research Paper
    6. The Difference between a Reference List and a Bibliography
    7. Summary
  9. Practising Academic Writing
    1. Moving from Opinion to Reasoned Argument
    2. Presenting Relevant Conclusions
    3. Considering Critical Evaluation
    4. Practising Comparative Analysis
    5. Practising Application of the Theory
    6. Summary
  10. Drafting a Research Paper
    1. A Path Through the Forest
    2. Drafting, Drafting, Drafting
    3. A Day Starts by Getting out of Bed
    4. Define General Structure and Headings
    5. Write a Rough Introduction in Note Form
    6. Add One Descriptive Section (i.e
    7. summarise one research paper)
    8. Add the Other Descriptive Sections
    9. Evolve and Refine the Structure of Your Paper
    10. Draft the Evaluation Sections
    11. Drafting the Comparative Analysis and the Application of the Theory
    12. Draft the Conclusions
    13. Drafting the Abstract
    14. Refine, Refine, Refine
    15. Feedback from a Critical Friend
    16. Your Own Brain Can Trick You
    17. Check Formatting, Citations and References
    18. Summary
  11. Writing an Introduction
    1. An Introduction as a Funnel
    2. Using Those Less Relevant Papers
    3. Considering Two Introductions
    4. Summary
  12. Writing the Body of a Paper and the Conclusions
    1. Considering the Structure of Your Paper
    2. Considering Your Evaluation Sections
    3. Considering Where You Compare the Theories
    4. Considering the Application of the Theory
    5. Considering the Conclusions
    6. Testing the Quality of Your Paper
    7. Summary
  13. Writing an Abstract
    1. An Abstract Is Not An Introduction
    2. Good and Bad Abstracts
    3. Summary
  14. Considering Research as Part of a Dissertation
    1. The Similarities between a Research Paper and a Research Chapter
    2. The Differences between a Research Paper and a Research Chapter
    3. The Length of a Research Chapter
    4. The Impact of the Research on a Project
    5. Evaluating the Impact of the Research
    6. Practical Projects Verses Research Projects
    7. Summary
  15. In Conclusion
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