How do you write a thesis for a research paper: useful tricks

The thesis of any academic paper is the main section that contains most of the content. This part of your research paper can be mainly distinguished by a factual quality where all facts are presented, analyzed and decided upon. A good way to get started on this section is to use four useful triggers that jolt the mind and generate useful, interesting content.


Coming up with all—or most—of your subheadings first will really get the ball rolling. This method is often referred to as an outline. Since no one writes any academic paper any other way than on a computer, you can write all your subheadings first, leaving the content till later.

Use this method if you want to get all the hard thinking and planning out of the way so that the writing can begin. This actually works out faster because you aren’t stopping to think every time to finish a paragraph.

Mixing up your research

There’s a trick that’s easy to learn about mixing elements of your research to make up original content. Plagiarism is never an acceptable way of completing an assignment, but merging numerous facts and giving them a unique quality is accepted as original work. A research paper is all about... research of course,, so don’t just report the facts as you found them; rather make an attempt at merging facts that go well together and making them relevant to your case.


There are hardly any subjects where an interview wouldn’t spice up your content. Get talking to an authority on your topic and record every word. Your professor will be impressed with your initiative if you work this into your thesis in such a way that it supports your theory. Use quotes, dialogue, questions and answers; whatever it takes to convince your reader of your viewpoint.

Telling a story

Even though your thesis is not fictional, it should still follow a coherent and chronological order. This is done quite easily by connecting paragraphs. Read the last sentence of the last paragraph you wrote and try to come up with the ‘next phase’ of the discussion. You may need to elaborate on a point you made, or branch it off into a different direction. Whatever the case, make sure there is flow and reason to every part of the thesis.


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