Basic Do's And Don'ts Of Writing A Geology Research Paper

You have done your homework, you have completed your experiments, and you have now reached the apex of your course, the coup deg rais, your term paper. Writing a research paper can be a daunting task but when it comes to a specific and scientific subject it is absolutely terrifying. Help is on the way! If you follow these basic essay do’s and don’ts your essay or thesis will be a manageable, even pleasant experience.

Three Basic Don’ts

  1. Don’t miss spell words! As with any research paper, grammar is extremely important and can make your break your grade. With Geology it is no different; however when you have galleries of igneous rock and sediment to write about, spell check isn’t going to catch it every time.
  2. Don’t treat each paragraph as a separate entity! All of your work spent laboring through your term learning about salt domes and their association with oil and natural gas should flow here! Flex your brain muscles and let it through your dissertation.
  3. Don’t write above the reader’s head! Although you are writing your paper for the professor who taught you everything you know today about Maar and how this volcanic landscape contributes to nature, you have to write as if you are teaching your professor. You want anyone who reads your work to understand it, right?

Three Basic Do’s

  1. Do write a powerful summary of your objective. It’s your time to shine! The first paragraph after your table of contents should be powerful. It should contain your objective, your method, results, and your conclusion. This should not be long but definitely hard hitting and keep the reader interested
  2. Do pick a current global environmental issue. Pick a topic that is on the news or in the media news feeds. A topic that affects people directly on an international scale. If you pick something relevant today, you have a captive audience from the top and their interest is in your dissertation.
  3. Do check your work. Definitely hands down most important. Read, re-read and read again. Always have an objective party, maybe a freelance proofreader, around to critique for you as well. This is critical. An independent freelancer will be able to see mistakes you will overlook no matter how many times you check it.

That’s all there is to it. If you follow these few do’s and don’ts you will be on your way to writing an exceptional piece of literature your professor will be proud to read. You have worked too hard and completed way too much homework to stop now!

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