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3 Tips for Writing an Original Research Paper
Writing a research paper is hard work. Writing an original research paper can be rather impossible. After all, the world of academia doesn’t truly require original contributions to your field of study until you hit the PhD level. But some professor’s love making the lives of their students miserable – and they’ll require you to write an original research paper in order to get a passing grade.
These tips will help you understand a shortcut to writing an original research paper that your professor will accept, even though it doesn’t require any truly original research. It involves three simple, easy to understand ideas:
- Find popular opinions in your field of study
- Form a thesis that questions their validity
- Write a paper that determines whether or not the popular opinion is correct or invalid
It really is as simple as that. Let’s dig in to each point with a bit more detail, though.
Find a Popular Opinion
This should be rather easy. Students regurgitate the most popular opinions in their field of study over and over again – so you can ask others what they would write a paper on. Blogs are another source of repetitive information and opinions on the same topics. Scour the web and you’ll find popular opinions in no time at all.
This step is essential, as it’s a prerequisite for the next step.
Form a Thesis That Claims This Popular Opinion May Be Incorrect
This is the basis of your “original” research paper. You’re going to set out to prove whether or not the popular opinion you’ve discovered in the previous step is true or false. The end result doesn’t matter, because the simple act of researching to determine whether or not the opinion is correct makes for original research in and of itself.
Write the Paper with No Regard for Proving or Disproving the Popular Opinion
This is what makes this method so brilliantly simple. Your goal is to determine whether or not the opinion is true or false. By performing additional research with the primary goal of disproving the opinion, you’ll be crafting an original research paper.
If you find the opinion to be correct, your paper should lead the reader to this conclusion. If you find it’s false, it should do the same.
The ultimate goal of writing an original research paper is to prove that you can think “outside of the box.” Employ your critical thinking skills with this method and you’ll have an “A” for sure.