The secrets of completing a powerful research paper on college drinking

Every research paper should be dynamic and powerful but sometimes it is difficult to get into the mood to get down on paper what you really want to say about a topic. Click here for additional resources.

  • Preparation:
    • Think about your focus. Will you be focussing on social drinking? Under-age drinking or some other aspect. Remember that you are thinking powerful paper here so don't just rehash a weak hypothesis.
    • At this point you may not have actually formally started your paper, but it never too early to start a project diary. As you add information and ideas it will help remind you why you took one pathway as opposed to another.
    • Try brainstorming a few ideas, then see which one you are more comfortable with. At this point you may decide that it is a good idea to get some input from your professor.
  • Some of the general concerns around College Drinking
    • Is Student drinking really a problem?
    • Students are underage and serving them alcohol is illegal
    • Why do you think that drinking is a problem within colleges?
    • What are the causes? (Living away from home?)
    • Social pressure to drink.
    • What could be done to alleviate the problem?
    • Should the law be changed and the age limit reduced?
  • What do you need to support your research paper?
    • Ideally, you need hard evidence such as data; statistics and case studies (individual and establishment based).
    • Support your research by using information from other research studies, especially those that have taken place in the last few years.
    • Don’t just highlight the problems, offer solutions. Many papers fail because they do not tackle causes, problems and offer solutions.
    • All information and suggestions should be evidence-based not j ideas that do not have any scientific or sociological basis.
  • Writing your paper.
    • Make sure that you keep to the sections that are required for a research paper. Make a note of the word allowance for each section and try to stay with the limit.
    • Tackle the Bibliography during the early stages of writing. This task can take a long time and be tedious even though it has been made easier with modern word-processing packages.
    • Take the time to craft your work so that you have a logical progression of ideas that flow rather than require your reader to keep reading over the sections to make sense of what is written.
    • Just like any other paper you need to make sure that you read through your work, check the spelling and grammar and make any editing changes that are needed,
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