Walk through the different stages of the research process, breaking each step down into manageable and concrete action. This guide includes topic brainstorming, creating a research plan, finding information, taking notes, and citation.
The purpose of this step is to evaluate your own work.
Your professor assigns you a research paper because they want you to learn about a topic, but also because they want you to learn how to think. Research papers and projects not only teach you how to find a good answer to a question when you are out in the real world, they also teach you how to weigh conflicting evidence, organize your thoughts, and combine personal experience, world view, and evidence in a way that allows you to be proud of and believe in your own answer. For this reason, reflection on the process is a key component to actually learning about how to write a research paper.
Reread your paper
Does your argument make sense?
Did you support your claims with evidence?
Did any section seem unnecessary to your argument?
Did it feel like there were sections missing?
What do you like about your paper?
Think about your research process
Did you give yourself enough time to find good resources?
Did you have to switch up your keywords at any point?
Did you have trouble going back and finding the articles you were citing?
What could you have done differently to make this process better?