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Academic Writing: Writing Research Papers That Get Results

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Do you feel overwhelmed at the prospect of beginning or completing your research paper? Are you finding it difficult to find practical, actionable guidance on writing your research paper? This course will help you research, structure and present your research paper for the best possible marks.

This course is suitable for students in all subject areas, but uses a successful humanities Master's/PhD paper as an example in many of the videos. It gives practical examples of all the concepts described. If you have never written a research paper before, I understand how daunting it can be and this course will help you feel more confident about approaching your research.

I was once in your shoes! I hold two Master's degrees , one in English from the Russell International Excellence Group university, The Queen's University of Belfast (where I also completed my undergraduate degree) and one from Bath Spa University. I was awarded PhD credits for my research in my second (MMus) degree and achieved the highest mark ever awarded for a research paper in the history of my course. I want to share with you how I achieved academic success.

What You Will Discover on This Course

  • How to structure a research paper

  • A number of essential research methods including some you may not have used before

  • How to find credible primary and secondary sources

  • How to present a research paper

  • How to use the right language for an academic paper

  • Avoid grammatical and other errors which may cause you to lose marks

  • How to reference a research paper

  • Creating bibliographies, webliographies, notes and glossaries

  • Use your appendices to showcase your methodology and the depth of your research

  • Avoid confirmation bias and show an engagement with the major schools of thought in your field of study

  • Write an effective abstract

  • Writing engaging and convincing introductions and conclusions

If you want to showcase your hard work to the best advantage and achieve the best grade possible, please enroll now and I look forward to seeing you on the course.


  • Introduction
  • How Academic Papers Are Marked
  • A Structure You Can Make Work
  • What Is Your Thesis?
  • The Word Count
  • An Effective Introduction
  • Covering the Major Schools of Thought in Your Topic
  • Empirical Data
  • Qualitative Data
  • Writing a Conclusion
  • Abstract
  • Introduction to Research Methods
  • The University Library
  • Online Journals
  • Wikipedia
  • Primary Sources 1: Interviews
  • Primary Sources 2: Surveys
  • Primary Sources 3: Televised and Video Interviews
  • Secondary Sources
  • Sources Lead to Sources
  • Why Presentation Is Important
  • The Right Language
  • Essential Spelling and Grammar
  • Formatting
  • Quotations
  • Footnotes/Endnotes
  • Harvard Referencing
  • Bibliography/Webliography
  • Glossary
  • Confirmation Bias
  • Gaffes That Lead to Failure
  • Conclusion

Taught by

Eve Williams


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