Writing an analytical paper without a hitch

An analytical paper analyses issues, events and processes as the name suggests. What is expected of you is that you will have done extensive background research, and will provide evidence that is based on facts. Like every essay type, you have to build a thesis statement and prove your thesis with the help of facts. An expository essay is similar in many ways and is sometimes confused with an analytical one. The difference is for research based, factual evidence required. An exposition does not call for an elaborate analysis.

Keep the following in mind when you are assigned an analytical paper to avoid hitches:

  1. Choose your topic wisely: This suggestion will not work if you are given a predefined topic. Be smart in the event that you have the freedom to choose your topic. Think about the issues you are interested in. You are going to spend quite some time with your paper. You will be reading background material, previously published works, new developments etc. You might even have to design and conduct surveys for an empirical analysis. Considering all that it would work in your favor if you chose something that genuinely interests you Secondly, familiarity in this case does not breed contempt. Choose a topic you have a good knowledge of.
  2. Organize your research: A haphazard study of materials available with more reliance on your memory than anything else can spell disaster. Make copious notes while researching. Do not leave out things thinking that you will remember them. Even the best brains falter, and memory can ditch you at the wrong time. You do not want to go through the whole pile of written works and references to locate that one lost piece of information.
  3. Prepare an outline: You skip this step on your peril. No writer ever writes anything without at least a rudimentary outline. Your outline, whether in the form of points, or diagrammatic, gives you a working map of your paper. You design your paper and then write it. Your outline should be able to give you a clear sense of direction and flow. You avoid being sidetracked and becoming lopsided in your analysis when you keep yourself guided by the outline.
  4. Start early. Do not expect miracles: not all the advice in the world will help one bit if you do not have the time to follow it. Do not leave writing your paper for the last night before submission.


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