Has it been a while since you've written a paper and you don't know where to begin? This guide will remind you of the process of writing a paper and will direct you to further information on each step.
Traditional Steps To Writing A Paper
Some of these steps can be moved around. For instance, an instructor might want your thesis statement after you've done your research. You might create an outline, based on your instructor's required paper elements, before you begin your research. These are the general steps for paper writing regardless if it's for a class or for submission to a journal.
This might be a short process or a longer process depending on whether or not you have ideas for the paper you're going to write. If you're struggling, check out these resources on the pre-writing process.
Choosing A Topic Suggestions
Developing A Thesis Statement
This works well with PICO, by the way. For example, let's say you would like to write a research paper on using St. John's Wort to treat depression in women entering menopause. What would your PICO be?
P (problem or patient) Women experiencing menopausal symptoms (You may find being more specific here will narrow your results. We'll look at the psychological, psychosomatic and vasomotor symptoms related to menopause).
I (Intervention) St. John's Wort
C (Comparison) We won't use a comparison here but you could compare it to other interventions
O (Outcomes) Fewer psychological, psychosomatic and vasomotor symptoms.
Thesis Statement: The use of St. John's Wort effectively reduces psychological, psychosomatic, and vasomotor symptoms associated with menopause in otherwise healthy women.
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