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Interesting Research Paper Ideas: New Approaches To Academic Writing

If you are writing an academic research paper and need some interesting ideas then keep reading…

The writing stage is the point at which you turn your ideas into an essay.

To do this, follow the five steps below:

  • Step 1:
  • Write out a thesis statement and provide any background information that the reader needs for the introductory paragraph.

  • Step 2:
  • Develop a supporting paragraph for each argument and ensure it flows and is in a coherent order. If something doesn’t feel right, or there is a bad transition, then change it.

  • Step 3:
  • Use clear sentences to express your meaning. Don’t leave the reader to guess what your point is or how it relates to the thesis.

  • Step 4:
  • Always stay focused on the main idea of your essay and tie every argument back to the thesis.

  • Step 5:
  • If you need additional words to better express your point, use a dictionary.


When you finish writing your draft, it is time to start editing your essay. This is the stage of writing where you need to search for mistakes in your copy and correct them. So what should you look for when it comes to editing your essay?

  1. 1. Grammar and Spelling

  2. You should print out of a physical copy of your paper and read it out loud, looking for grammar and spelling issues only. Check once for spelling. Check a second time for grammar. Read over the essay a third time and look to ensure each sentence has a subject, and that each subject agrees with the verbs in the sentence. Check that you have the same tenses throughout your sentences and that each sentence reads clearly.

  3. 2. Style and Organization

  4. As you edit for style and organization, ensure that you have all of the main components for your paper including:

    • - Introduction
    • - Supporting paragraphs
    • - Summary paragraph

    Verify that you have a thesis statement and that it identifies the central idea of your paper. Make sure your paragraphs are in the right format and that they flow from one to the next.

If you are struggling to think of a broad topic that you can use for your paper, consider the examples below and how you can construct a viable thesis from it:

  • - Alzheimer’s Disease
  • - College athletes
  • - Animal rights
  • - College admission policies
  • - Apartheid
  • - Cocaine
  • - Artificial insemination
  • - Child abuse
  • - Battered woman syndrome
  • - Censorship
  • - Birth control and pregnancy
  • - Capital punishment
  • - Cancer