Once you have an outline that you like, you will be able to link your ideas and evidence together with sentences and paragraphs that portray the information you want your readers to know.
Steps to Write the Body of Your Research Paper
  • Take out your outline and your note cards.
  • Before you begin writing, take some time to put all of your note cards in the order they will appear in your paper. You can use your outline as a guide for this important step. You don't want to be searching for these things as you are writing.
  • You will write your first paragraph about the first subtopic in your outline. (Your introduction will be written later.) Introduce that subtopic in the first sentence.
  • The body of that paragraph will be more information about the first subtopic and your evidence for why it supports your thesis statement.
  • Use your note cards to get borrowed material (quotes, statistics, etc) to use as evidence. Remember that you need to cite all borrowed material immediately after you use it.
  • You will continue in this manner until you reach the conclusion section of your outline.
Once you are done, do a first proof read to check for spelling and grammatical errors, and make sure that all borrowed material is properly cited.