1. Highlight the important
When you select the materials with which you will work professional paper writers, print them (if you found them in electronic sources). Further carefully read all the literature on your topic and note for yourself the most important thoughts, facts, quotes. You can leave notes either directly on the printed copies, or on separate sheets of paper, which you will use as bookmarks on the pages you need.
• Pay attention to everything that seems interesting and useful for your research. Carefully working on sources, you will simplify your further work.
• Next to each interesting quote, mark in which part of the study you plan to use it. Such comments will help you not to get lost in the notes.
2. Group notes by topic
Noting for yourself important thoughts in the sources, distribute all your notes in different categories, depending on the topic. For example, when analyzing a literary work, you can distinguish such categories as “characters”, “plot”, “author’s metaphors” and so on.
• Try to write each quote on a separate card. So it will be more convenient for you to work with them.
• Assign a specific color to each category of citations. Write notes from each source on a separate sheet of paper and then emphasize quotes from different thematic groups in colorful pencils: for example, notes about characters – green, about the plot – orange, and so on.
3. Make a preliminary bibliographic list
When you mark interesting quotes, do not forget to immediately record the author, title, page and output for each source. These records are useful for you when you make references to quoted materials and compile a list of used literature.
4. Determine the purpose of your scientific work
There are two types of scientific research: discussion and analytical.
Each of them requires a different approach and style of writing. A suitable work strategy for you should be determined in advance – before you start drafting.
• Discussion studies are devoted to some controversial issue. The researcher must accept and protect a certain point of view. At the same time, he must leave opponents with the opportunity to bring counter-arguments.
• In analytical studies, from a new perspective, an important (and not necessarily controversial) problem is considered. The main goal of the author is to convince his audience that the research is relevant. It should contain new ideas, to which the author came during the development of the topic, rather than a simple statement of previously known facts.