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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Published 10/2012 English

Course Description

These days, 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, Gallop, and other external organizations often consider publications as a critical metric in their analysis and ranking of programs and institutions.

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 28 years of experience in research and teaching in higher education. Dr. Mohammad Noori has published over 200 technical and professional papers and currently serves as the technical editor, associate editor and a member of the editorial board of several prestigious journals.

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


What are the requirements?

  • 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.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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

Who is the target audience?

  • 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

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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.
Section 1: How to Efficiently Conduct Your Research

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.  


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.

Section 2: Understanding How a Research Paper is Written

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.


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.


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.


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.

Section 3: How to Write Each Section of Your Paper

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.  


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. 


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.  


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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. 

Section 4: Course Summary

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.

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Instructor Biography

Dr Mohammad Noori, Professor, Journal Executive Editor, Board Member, Reviewer

As an educator, scholar and an administrator, Dr. Mohammad Noori has over 32 years of experience working in academia and has been a pioneer in establishing innovative industry-university-government and global partnerships. He has long been an advocate for collaboration, innovation and multi-disciplinary study, and throughout his career he has been honored with numerous recognition for his teaching and research.

His most recent recognitions include President Obama recognizing Cal Poly “as a leading school in the retention and graduation of engineering students" on February 8, 2012, which was the result of the innovative retention and outreach programs developed during his tenure as the Dean of Engineering. Dr. Noori has received numerous  honors for his teaching, research and professional service. The most recent ones include the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Keating Award for Innovation and Leadership in Lifelong Learning in Graduate Engineering Education, and the ASEE Isadore T. Davis National Award for Excellence in Collaboration of Engineering Education and Industry on June 16, 2014, and on June 12, 2012.

Dr. Noori has written over 250 research papers in his research area of random vibrations, multifunctional and intelligent structures, structural health monitoring, and seismic hazard mitigation. He is currently preparing three books: 1) Application of Fiber Optic Sensors in Structural Health Monitoring of Infrastructure, 2) Risk and Reliability in Structural Engineering, and 3) How To Write An Effective Research Paper.   Noori is also a research paper evaluator for over 40 prestigious journals. Moreover, he has presented over 100  invited and keynote talks at numerous international conferences, universities and industry, and has also had the honor of being invited by President Clinton's Special Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection, as a national expert, to present a Testimony. He has supervised over 60 post-doctoral and graduate students and their research projects, and has presented over 90 invited, plenary and keynote talks.

Noori has served as the department head at two nationally recognized PhD granting institutions and as the dean of engineering at a leading undergraduate university. He has spearheaded, and participated in the creation of industry-university-government consortia and global collaborations. He founded and chaired the ASME Committee on Uncertainty and Probabilistics, and has served on, chaired or co-chaired, over 20 scientific and organizing committees of major international conferences. He has also served as a program director at the National Science Foundation, has served as member of the Board of Directors and External Advisory Board of several non-profit, industry and academic organizations, has been a consultant to several Fortune 500 companies, has served as the external examiner for several doctoral committees at a number of international institutions, and has provided expert witness services, in the areas of vibration, structural safety, mechanical failure, product liability, and seismic mitigation. He also provides strategic planning services, especially on development of industry-university partnerships, outcome-based assessment and program development. He is also an ABET evaluator representing ASME.

Noori is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, has received the prestigious Fellowship of Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, he has been listed in on numerous Who Is Who publications and is a member of Sigma Xi, Pi Tau Sigma, Chi-Epsilon, and Sigma Mu Epsilon honorary societies.

He currently teaches at Cal Poly State University, while also serving as the Executive Editor of a prestigious scientific journal, as the associate editor of two other international journals, and a member of the editorial board of seven other scientific journals.

Noori is a member of Sigma Xi, Pi Tau Sigma, Chi-Epsilon, and Sigma Mu Epsilon honorary societies

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