How to Write an Effective Research Paper
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How to Write an Effective Research Paper

Learn how to write award-winning research papers with easy steps. Includes examples and a research paper template.
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Created by Mohammad Noori
Last updated 4/2013
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What you'll learn
  • Learn how to properly and efficiently conduct a research project, especially for scientific research
  • Learn exactly how to prepare an effective research paper for publication in a scientific journal, archival volume, or other professional publications
  • By following the methods and suggested approaches, you will be able to write an effective and possibly award-winning paper that communicates your findings with your professional community in a clear and organized manner
  • No prior experience in writing a research or technical paper required. This course is equally helpful to beginners as it can help those with some familiarity with research to write more effective research papers.

Over the last decade,  the expectation for publishing research papers has increased significantly in  academia, in professional communities, and in science and technology  disciplines worldwide.

In  scientific fields (especially in academia), both graduate students and faculty  are expected to publish the results of their research work in journals and  conference proceedings.  Publication of  research or journal papers has also become a key measure for tenure and  promotion assessments.  In fact, U.S.  News, National Research council, and other external organizations often consider publications as a  critical metric in their analysis and ranking of programs and institutions. An increasing number of highly ranked universities, worldwide, now require publication of papers in SCI indexed journals as a per-requisite to receive a doctoral degree.

Unfortunately,  despite the widespread standard of writing and publishing research papers, most  Universities don’t offer any formal training or mentorship on how to write  effective papers.  The lack of guidance  and resources has made it difficult, and at times frustrating, for graduate  students and young researchers to properly organize and structure their papers  for acceptance into publications.

Whether you  are a graduate student, conducting research, working towards a tenure, or you  would like to advance your professional career in science, technology or  academia, you will find this course greatly helpful.  You will no longer have to struggle or spend  countless hours figuring out how to start your research paper, only to have it  turn out not as good as you hoped.

If you are a  beginner, you can simply follow along with the easy steps outlining each  section of your paper; even if you are more experienced, you may be surprised  at how much you can improve your research writing technique from the strategies  and examples presented in the course videos.

This “Writing Research Papers: How to Write  Research Paper Effectively” course will provide you with the valuable research  guidance from a scholar with over 36 years of experience in research and  teaching in higher education. Dr. Mohammad Noori has published over 250 technical and professional  papers, 6 advanced level text books, has been the guest editor of over 20 special journal volumes and  technical books, and has given over 100 keynote, plenary and invited talks, currently serves as the technical editor, associate editor and a  member of the editorial board of several prestigious journals and as a series editor for CRC/Taylor& Francis, and has presented numerous workshops worldwide on this topic.

Take this Writing Research Papers course now  and learn how to write research paper effectively. 

In a near future this course will be thoroughly revised to include topics on the latest web-based tools and scholarly resources that provide invaluable resources for conducting research and publishing high quality papers.


Who this course is for:
  • Master’s or Doctoral graduate students
  • New faculty members who are expected to publish work in professional publications, journals and proceedings
  • Researchers in industry who are expected to prepare technical papers
  • Any young scholars with limited or no experience in preparing journal and/or technical papers
Course content
Expand all 32 lectures 02:26:30
+ Instructor Introduction
1 lecture 01:26
In this video, I will tell you a bit about my background and career experience.  You can also read my bio in my profile.  If you have any questions about me or the course, I will do my best to respond in a timely manner.  Please feel free to post your questions.  I look forward to helping you in your research paper writing.
Preview 01:26
+ How to Efficiently Conduct Your Research
8 lectures 32:44

This video provides an overview of the first chapter, which covers the Context of Writing a Research Journal Paper.  In this chapter, you will learn how to efficiently conduct your research, even if you are starting completely from scratch.  

Preview 02:43

This video will help you think about what you have accomplished in your research, as well as other questions that will help define your overall research focus.

Preview 05:00

In this video, you will learn the importance of locating prior works, why it can help speed up your research process, and how to easily locate such works.

Preview 08:02

As part of your research, it is incredibly important to read the prior works you have located.  This video will show you time-saving techniques on you can efficiently read through these key papers.

Gathering Background Information - Read Key Papers

In this video, I recommending helpful tips and resources for organizing your references, such as websites that can automatically generate bibliographies and help find related key papers.

The free resource that I highly recommend in this video is

Gathering Background Information - Organize References

Once you have conducted your research, you will need to develop an outline of your research findings.  This video will help you effectively create your hypothesis by presenting important questions to consider when working on this aspect of your research paper.

Forming a Hypothesis and an Outline

In this video you will learn how to summarize and analyze your research, which will depend on the type of paper you are planning to write.  This preliminary step will correspond with the summary and analysis section of your paper later on.

Summarizing the Analysis / Simulation / Experiment

As you may begin to notice, the research process you conduct will match up closely with your actual research paper sections.  In this video, you will learn how to interpret and organize the results of your research to help get started with your paper.

Organizing and Interpreting Results
+ Understanding How a Research Paper is Written
4 lectures 27:46

The second part of the course is divided into 2 main chapters, the first of which covers the preliminary steps you should take before writing, and what you need to know to get started.

Chapter 2 Overview

There are a number of crucial steps you should take before you start writing, such as considering whether your paper topic is consistent with the focus of the journal you would like to get published in.  These types of preparations will help ensure your success and prevent you from wasting time writing with the wrong intentions in mind.

Preliminary Steps

This video will help you get started with the writing process as a whole.  Getting started can be a daunting task, but as this video explains, you can get started easier than you think, just by getting your thoughts on paper.  Watch to learn more.

Before You Start

This video provides an overview of the structure and function of the various sections of a research paper, each of which are each explained more thoroughly in the following videos.

Paper Structure and Function
+ How to Write Each Section of Your Paper
18 lectures 01:17:43

This video will explain how to properly choose the right title for your research paper, and the criteria to consider when thinking of a title.


Learn why an abstract is so important, and how to effectively write your research paper abstract, along with an example.


Discover the importance of key words in relation to your paper.  Also included in this video is another helpful example of a paper with a good title, abstract, and key words.  

Key Words

The Introduction consists of a few parts, and is one of the most important sections of your paper.  This video will provide you with a thorough understanding of why the Introduction is so important and what you should include within it. 

Introduction - Overview

In this video, you will learn about the breakdown of the Introduction section into its critical sub sections, which include a first paragraph, middle paragraphs, and a final paragraph.  

Introduction - Organization

Learn about the most important information that you should include in the first paragraph of your Introduction section, and how to present this information to your readers.

Introduction - First Paragraph

The middle paragraphs are the largest part of the Introduction section, though the size may depend on the type of journal or paper you are writing.  This video will begin discussing the goal for the middle paragraph section of your Introduction.

Introduction - Middle Paragraphs

This video will continue explaining what information you should and should not include in the middle paragraph sections of your Introduction.

Introduction - Middle Paragraphs (continued)

This video will teach you the importance of the final paragraph within the Introduction, which serves as the "road map" paragraph for the rest of the research paper.

Introduction - Final Paragraph

This video provides more insight on the purpose of the final Introduction paragraph.  There is also an example in this video, which demonstrates an excellent example of the "road map" final paragraph within the Introduction section.

Introduction - Final Paragraph (continued), and Extra Tips

In this video, you will learn how to present the methods section of your research paper, and help you to better explain your reasoning for choosing certain research methods.

The Methods - Overview

Learn more about how to implement the methods section of your research paper by following along with an example.

The Methods - Examples

Although the way you organize the results section of your research paper will largely depend on the type of research you have conducted, this video will walkthrough the general guidelines you should follow for this section of your paper.

The Results

This video explains the importance of the discussion section of your paper, and teaches you how to present it depending on the type of research you have conducted.

The Discussion

This video provides a very important outline for your summary and conclusion section, in which you should be very careful to not introduce any new information or insights.

Summary and Conclusion

This video will help you understand the difference between the Acknowledgements section and the References section for your paper.  Acknowledgements should at a minimum include the name of any funding sources that contributed to your research or paper.


Appendices are not required by all research papers.  Watch this video to find out if your research paper will require appendices and how to include them if need be.


References are a vital part of your research paper, and you should be very careful to include them with attention to detail to the requirements of the journal in which your paper is to be published.  For a free general guide to easily creating references, I recommend using 

For more tools and resources on organizing references, please see Lecture #5 in the first chapter. 

+ Course Summary
1 lecture 06:51

This video provides a quick review of the entire course, which can be a good watch if you decide you need a refresher on the topics.  I have also included a link to a free research paper template that I've created and attached under the Supplementary materials below.

Final Course Review