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Writing Your Paper
As you begin writing your paper, you need to make sure you are writing clearly and that the paper has a logical flow. This page contains resources to help you. Here are a few considerations:
- Make sure each of the paragraphs in the body of your paper is about one idea. Don't discuss 2-3 points in one paragraph. Take the time to develop each point.
- Use transition words to smoothly move from one idea to the next.
- If you are making any claims that aren't common knowledge, be sure to cite all your sources.
- Don't use jargon in your paper. Even though the language might sound natural, your paper should be written in a professional tone.
- Make sure to check your word choice. Is what you're saying what you really mean?
These resources from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill's Writing Center explain how to construct different parts of a research paper.
It is important that you smoothly transition between main ideas so that your readers can make sense of your arguments. The following resources explain what transitions are, how to use them, and which words work for which circumstances.