Producing an Insightful Research Paper: Some Elements to Consider
11 Pages Posted: 1 Oct 2010
Date Written: September 30, 2010
This paper originated as a lecture to students pursuing the Erasmus Mundus Master of Laws in Transnational Trade and Finance Law at the Universidad de Deusto, Bilbao, Spain. Although generally relevant for researchers in a variety of contexts up to and including writing book monographs, it is primarily aimed at graduate students doing major papers, theses or dissertations and undergraduate (including first-degree law) students doing research essays in upper-year seminars. The pointers found in the paper must accordingly be modified, mutatis mutandi, according to the nature of the research project, including the time available in which to complete it. The paper is divided into four sections: “Principles” (Section I); “The notion of ‘insight’” (Section II); “Presumptive research steps” (Section III); “Tips” (Section IV); and “Conclusion” (Section V).
Keywords: Research, research methods, methodology, legal education, legal research, legal writing, social sciences, humanities, graduate studies, writing skills, rhetoric
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