Everything That You Need To Know About Writing A Qualitative Research Paper

Follow these tips and they should give you the basic knowledge that you need to produce a qualitative research paper.


Take the time decide on the focus or thesis on which you will base your paper. Decide on the additional information that you need to source. Try a brainstorming exercise to fill in any 'gaps' that you may not have already considered. Be selective.

The Introduction

This is the section that will 'introduce' your work to the reader. Although this is the first section that you will write you will have to return to it when you have written the rest of the paper for refinement and improvement.

State Your aims and objectives

Highlight the academic reasons why you decided to on the subject area; talk about the goal that you want to achieve through this work. Determine whether you actually achieved the goals that you set for the paper.

Literature Review

This section is where you have chance to support your arguments with relevant academic literature. You many have chosen just one major paper, but you need to support it with other work and also provide arguments that do not support your thesis.

Work Systematically

A qualitative research paper needs to be systematic, so the discussion process needs follow a logical progression of ideas. The data that you have collected needs to have a theoretical framework. Any variant should be highlighted rather than lost in your results.


Take the time to link your research findings to the the evidence that you have cited in your Literature Review. Again this needs to be systematic. Make sure that your readers understand what has happened and how you formed your conclusions.

It is important that throughout this process that you talk over any concerns you have with your professor. By doing this it will give you the chance to have immediate academic feedback. They will also help you focus when you get swamped by ideas.

Use a project diary, use this for notes and as a planning tool. This replaces jotting down notes on scraps of paper and losing them. It also helps to jog your memory when you cannot remember why you have decide not to use the work of one author in favour of another.

When you think that you have finished your work then get someone to read though your work. Ideally you need to find a professional proofreader. Or you may decide earlier on in the process to recruit the services of a professional researcher.

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