Use a formal style and voice for your research paper. Do not attempt to be conversational and informal. Avoid using slang words and colloquialisms in your paper; otherwise, your paper will be a doomed undertaking, and you will get a lousy grade.
- Use your own words as much as possible, and apply direct quotations only in case when the wording in the quotation is exactly as you want.
- Choose a critical tone for your paper, but not emotional and inflammatory. Do not overstate your position using harsh language.
- Avoid abbreviations and fragments in your writing. Work hard to achieve a formal style in your research paper.
- Present your personal perspective on the topic. Although you will extensively rely on the information presented in journals, newspapers, and books, try to generate your own thoughts and ideas.
- Do not call too much attention to yourself. Beware of using the first personal singular too often in your paper and omit phrases like “I think”, “I agree that...”
- Vary sentence length to create a rhetorical emphasize. Be sure that abrupt and short sentences are followed by longer ones.