How To Write A Qualitative Research Paper
You need enough time for writing a qualitative research paper. One couldn`t do it within several hours, days and even weeks. A qualitative research paper is a research paper based on your independent investigation that requires a lot of time.
The Steps Of Writing A Qualitative Research Paper
- The first step is formulating the approximate theme which depends on your interests. Try to choose the less studied subject areas, as it will be easier for you to speak about the relevance of the topic and advances in research. By the way, some young researchers don`t clearly distinguish these two different terms – “a relevance of the topic' and “advances in research'. The first term means “why there is a necessity in a fundamental analysis of your subject area' and the second term means “what is something new in your researchment'.
- To make an investigation, you first need to read all (or almost all) the scientific literature connected with your theme. Even if you consider yourself as a highly skilled professional, refresh your memory in the library. Aside from that, you may find recently published monographs or articles on your theme. Don`t reinvent the wheel!
- Make an analysis of the scientific literature. Are there any omissions? Fill this gap! Thus, you can formulate the second (but not the last) variant of your theme.
- Define the subject area and the specific topic of the investigation. Incidentally, many young researchers often confuse these two different terms – “a subject area' and “a specific topic'. The first term is broader, the second one is narrower.
- List the necessary tasks of your research paper. The ideal amount of the necessary tasks is four or five tasks.
- Think about the research methodology. The adequate methods (descriptive, comparative, typological, etc.) of the investigation depend on the specific topic. The ideal amount of the methods is the same as ideal amount of the necessary tasks – you may choose four or five methods.
- After that, start the practical part. It may be an experiment, a sociological survey, an anonymous questionnaire, etc. The practical part peculiarities depend on the branch of science and your research methodology.
- When your practical part is fully complete, you may formulate the third variant of the theme.
- Describe the results of your practical part. Do you need to repeat your experiment or sociological survey? If your answer is “Yes', do it.
- Make a fundamental analysis of your subject area. Remember that a research paper always has its traditional basic structure.
The Basic Structure Of The Research Paper
The basic structure of the research paper comprises an introduction, two (or more) sections (the underlying theory section and the development of hypotheses), a conclusion, a bibliography and appendixes.
- 1. In the introduction you have mention the following items: the relevance of the topic, the objectives of the research, the necessary tasks, the subject area, the specific topic, the hypothesis, the research methodology, advances in research, the practical value and a short description of the basic structure of the paper.
- The underlying theory section is your analysis (not a compilation!) of the scientific literature connected with you theme and the development of hypothesis is your analysis of your own results in the practical part of your work.
- The conclusion is a confirmation (or a refutation) of the hypothesis. Don`t forget that you need to give answers for all the necessary tasks!
- Please mention in the bibliography only the literature you have really read and used in your research paper.
- The appendixes are non-required, but desirable part of your research work. It is also a demonstration that your investigation is independent.