Top Ten Worst Things About Writing a Research Paper

The Top Ten
1 Coming up with a topic

Good luck with your project, NuMetalManiak! A tip for picking a topic is to think of something you read and found interesting, but only scratched the surface of. Think to what extent you'd be interested to know more, and if you feel you'd enjoy it, that's your topic!

Your focus on your topic question may change slightly as you progress, but that's useful information.

It is bad when your teacher only gives you one out of five topics to pick, and they all are related to crimes and misdeeds. I'm very happy that I'm not in college anymore.

2 Finding legit sources

In my current project, the first resources you find on Google get you nowhere. On the one hand, there's stuff you'd need to have done a lifetime of research to understand. On the other hand, there's stuff for complete simpletons.

I had to dig much deeper than most of my peers, but it was worth it because it's an exciting project. If there's any middle ground, it's me! Which is demanding for my work!

No Wikipedia or any of that. Plus, you have to format it so that it shows the year, publication, etc.

It's so hard to tell if something from an edu or gov site is legitimate or just something someone random wrote and posted there.

3 Trying to come up with a good thesis
4 Trying not to procrastinate

Definitely the hardest thing for me.

5 Hitting the word count

It really annoys me to a great extent and is the worst thing about a research project. I like to detail my conclusion, but keeping the maximum word limit in mind distracts me greatly.

I hate word count requirements. You have to have a minimum of 'x' words, and sometimes a maximum of 'y' words. I generally write long papers, so trying to balance it is quite annoying.

6 Finding supporting details
7 Coming up with a good conclusion
8 Citing your sources within the text

I'm currently doing a research project, and this tedious task annoys me immensely. I hate how it makes every sentence sound the same.

9 Trying to make sure the paper is interesting enough

Wow, they are creeps. Who would do that? It's the teachers that are misguided.

10 Coming up with good transitions
The Contenders
11 Figuring out who your target audience is
12 Writing a bibliography
13 Making sure it is understandable to the reader

Seriously, in all my years of schooling, every time I write a paper, I always do poorly unless I check it with a tutor at the writing center. It is my worst nightmare. It is equivalent to writing code for computer programming classes.

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