What To Know About The Research Paper Presentation

When it comes to composing a research paper, there’s a lot to get right. It’s not just about the content and style- so you should most certainly spend some time making sure that the presentation is spot on! Here’s what you need to know.

Make sure you know the specific requirements!

Some essays will require different formats and approaches, depending on the field of subject, so before you charge head first into your own paper, make sure that you know exactly what the requirements are. Your teacher should have already given you a handout with the guidelines of everything you need to know- but if you don’t have this information, then be sure to ask.

What to include.

Your essay should be presented in the following manner: it will include an introduction, body and conclusion.

  • In the introduction, you should firstly state the main topic, before narrowing it down into the specific subject area to be discussed. Inform the reader of what the purpose of your essay is, what your aims and objectives are, what sources and methods you have used and what conclusions may be arrived at.

  • The main body of your research paper will be your main content and will usually be divided into chapters (make sure you work out how many chapters you’ll need, and what will be contained in each one, before you start writing them).

  • The conclusion should briefly restate what was covered in the introduction before reiterating the main points and conclusions that have been reached in your main text body. Then summarize all of your points before ending on a paragraph that nicely ties everything up.

  • If conclusions are insufficient, then you should also include a plan of action, informing the reader of any further reading that may be necessary before coming to any firm results.

Pay attention!

The presentation of your essay doesn’t just mean getting the structure right. You should pay attention to every detail. The more highly polished every part of it is (you will have double checked spelling, grammar, layout, length etc.) the more professionally presentable it will be.

Study other examples.

It’s always a good idea to find other examples of papers before you begin. The more samples you study, the better you will be able to tailor your own. You’ll find plenty of student papers in your campus library, and there will be an array of examples to study online.