Writing begins day one. Complementary to, and overlapping with the research process, writing tends to progress in its own stages. Many of the pieces you write while initiating your research — outlines, research prospectuses, and the like — can form the basis for sections of a paper, or even the chapter of a longer thesis. But the process of writing becomes most central after the research has been completed and it becomes time to write up the results.
Typical Writing Stages
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Attention to basic grammar and writing style can go a long way in crafting the final research paper….
- Williams, Joseph M. and Lawrence McEnerney. “Writing in College: A Short Guide to College Writing.” University of Chicago Writing Program.
- Essay-Writing Guide for Political Scientists by UC Berkeley Graduate Students and Michael Nelson (PDF)
- On Writing a Policy Paper
- Essay Writing, A Personal View by David Rayside (U Toronto)
- Writing a Political Science Essay by Charles King, Georgetown University
- Suggestions for Writing Essays and Research Papers by Erica Chenoweth, Wesleyan University
George Orwell on Writing
- Politics and the English Language (an essay by George Orwell)
- George Orwell’s 5 Rules for Effective Writing (John Wesley’s summary of the above on “Pick the Brain”)
- Joshua Sowin’s A Guide to Writing Well found via Lifehack.org
- 5 steps to writing an effective paragraph from Getting Things Done in Academica
- Advice for Students: How to unstuff a sentence found via Lifehack.org
- Advice for Students: Beware of thesaurus found via Lifehack.org
- Writing Tips from Anne Bliss, University of Colorado, Boulder.