Organizing a research paper into structured sections guarantees success. Follow this guide
to plan and organize your Tackling Research paper.
Introduce your topic.
Establish your authority.
Who are you?
What is your ﬁeld of study?
What experience do you already have
with writing in that ﬁeld or for that job?
Have you written only in an
academic capacity (i.e. for
school)? That’s okay! Explain how
your education is preparing you
for a career in that ﬁeld.
Do you have on-the-job
experience? Great! Explain how
your experience (and perhaps
your education) has prepared
you for your dream job.
What job are you pursuing?
Educate your audience
in the ﬁrst paragraph.
What are you going to
Inform the audience.
3.Use your own knowledge and
experience to explain the main or most
practical way writing is used in your ﬁeld.
Use library research and cite your
Use the “Quote
The Quote Sandwich
✦ The top layer of bread is your
✦The lead-in to the quotation, also
known as a signal phrase, is the
peanut butter. Example: “According to
Walsh,” “Walsh writes,” etc.)
✦The jelly is the actual quotation,
followed by an APA in-text citation.
✦Your interpretation of explanation of
the quotation is the bottom layer of
Explain an unexpected way (or ways) that
writing is used in your ﬁeld. Back up your
claims with library OR secondary academic
research. Cite the research in-text!
Persuade to conclude.
Persuade your audience (the
imaginary interviewer) that you have
the knowledge and
experience to pursue
your dream job, and that
your ability to write well
makes you the best
person for the position.
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