How to Write a Good Research Paper on Animals

Writing a paper about animals lets you explore details you often don’t think about.  You come across data you may not have learned in school and find it to be completely fascinating.  So how do you capture these details to create a good research paper?  Understand how to display your findings in an effective manner.  Before you jump into the writing process you’ll want to research your topic thoroughly.  Using a variety of resources can help you obtain more unique information to incorporate. 

  • Know what you need to include in your research paper.  This may be comprised of personal notes you’ll take when conducting early research.  Information to consider: animal habit, foods they eat, how long they live, overview and history and where was your information collected from. 
  • Choose your topic.  If you have the ability to choose your topic, think about were animals live (ocean, jungle, etc.).  Animal lovers may have a favorite animal in mind, giving you an advantage.  Maybe the research paper can be about endangered species, common animal groups or a favorite feature certain animals may share.
  • Conduct animal research.  Your research may include using different resources such as library books, the internet and even talking with someone who is trained to care for animals.  There are video documentaries that share interesting facts on an assortment of animal-related subjects.  Take interesting notes during your findings.
  • Create your rough draft.  An introduction, body paragraphs and conclusion are aspects to work on.  This gives you an idea on how your research data will come together.  You will explain your report and why you choose the topic. Some choose to create an outline for their paper which helps them plug-in information.  Facts and details should be discussed in a concise manner. Your conclusion should summarize interesting details about your animal or chosen topic. 
  • Review and understand citation guidelines.  MLA is a common style used.  Be sure to provide sources you used to create your work.  Facts should come from credible sources.
  • Finalize, read and review report content. After completing your rough draft, complete revisions and edits.  Add content such as photographs or tables to make data standout.  Proofread your report for errors and mistakes.  Read through your report to make sure pertinent data was included.  Have a friend or family member read the report and offer suggestions.