5 Common Mistakes Students Make When Writing a Research Paper

Research is essential to a good education. The act of research is educational and helps shape multiple skills such as critical reasoning and data collection. All of these skills end up helping a lot in college and beyond. Students are encouraged from the beginning of their university life to devote part of their life to research. You cannot become a competent researcher in a short time, but continued effort can certainly make things easier in the future.
That being said, students often end up getting their research wrong, which is reflected in the poor quality of the research papers they write. Same doctorate. Candidates are prone to a number of common mistakes related to writing on paper. If you are a student reading this, stick with me. I know that research is an integral part of your training and that research papers are essential points in your CV. Provided you are serious about your future, you should read what I have written for you below. There are a number of mistakes that are commonly made by students when writing research papers and I will help you identify them.

So, pay attention to the ones mentioned below:

  1. Jump on a topic without literature review
    It’s something that even I used to do when I was young in college. I would do some keywords on Google and pick the topic that seemed easiest to me. At the time, I wasn’t really focused on the contribution part. All I wanted was a topic with lots of literature online and in the library. I didn’t know that was a bad method and you might end up with a subject you are absolutely not comfortable with. A review of the literature is therefore very necessary. This is a prerequisite for choosing a research topic. If you don’t know what a literature review is, it’s basically reviewing the available literature and using the information gathered to frame your topic.
  2. Not understanding the problem statement
    A problem statement is something you cannot start your search with. You have done considerable research and have decided on a topic. But, you may be asked why you chose the topic in the first place. There is literature available, yes, but the main question is whether your research will contribute to the search for solutions. In simpler terms, after doing some research, have you found an area in the subject where a problem persists and you intend to offer a plausible solution to it? Your research should have a purpose, and a problem statement gives you just that. There is a problem that needs to be solved, and your search will be a step forward.
  3. Choosing reference material blindly
    Any research paper you read will have a plethora of reference material. If you happen to read a good research article, you will notice how selective the author is about the references they choose. This is because there are too many inauthentic, poorly written, and copy-pasted articles available, especially online, and referencing any of these articles affects the quality of your article. Always opt for authentic reference materials: for example, choose articles from peer-reviewed, peer-reviewed and indexed journals; avoid referring to very old articles for help etc. Don’t think that randomly entering keywords into the search engine and taking references from whatever material you get will help you make a good article.
  4. tempted to plagiarize
    Plagiarism is a threat in academia. Copying research and failing to cite sources is unacceptable. Higher education regulators around the world crack down on plagiarism, and detecting such a case can lead to serious consequences, including the loss of your job. Students are often tempted to plagiarize, but they should note that educational institutions have started to implement anti-plagiarism checking software and related mechanism. Consider writing your own research. Even if you’re not offering anything new, make sure you’ve given proper credit to the sources that helped you write your article.
  5. Lack of patience
    Yes, you have to accept that research papers take time. Each head of your research paper should take a good number of days. Just reading the literature and noting what is there without establishing, among other things, a cause and effect relationship in your research renders all the effort useless. You need to be patient in order to produce quality research.

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