How to Write a Good Psychology Paper - how to Research Your Project


The key to writing any good paper in psychology or any other discipline is of course in your research. You may have chosen an excellent title for your paper, you may have the knowledge as far as a plan or outline is concerned and you may have excellent skills in terms of writing. But without the data or the information in the first place, you're not in a position to create an excellent paper. That comes from your research - detailed and good research.

Now there are a number of things you need to consider when it comes to research for your psychology paper.

  • Quality is always better than quantity.
  • Relevance will never go out of style.
  • Note taking is a skill in itself.
  • And getting started can be the hardest part of all.

Always have in the back of your mind that the standard of quality of your research material is vitally important. You're wasting your time collecting vast amounts of what you think will be worthwhile research material when in fact some even most of it is out of date or irrelevant or of no use. When you know precisely the question you need to answer in your paper, the thesis statement you need to address, then you can pinpoint your search for proper research material.

You must study relevant research material. You're looking for ideas and information. You're looking for quotations which will support the points you're making in your paper. You won't get them by researching irrelevant material.

Of course reading research material is one thing but extracting information is another. You need to develop your note taking skills. Can you do this sensibly and quickly? Can you do this with a Dictaphone? The less time you take taking notes the sooner you can get on with the planning and writing of your paper. But any illegible note taking is a real pain.

Sometimes the first step is the hardest. You have your psychology paper and you need to get cracking on the research. If you want to give yourself a real boost at the beginning, try brainstorming. Put the topic of your psychology paper up in front of you and even with the help of someone or some others, start throwing out ideas and any thoughts you have regarding your topic. That should soon get you up and running.