I don’t normally repost articles. But as we’re working through our Back to School Series, I thought this topic was worth visiting again. I still see too many students destroying their own research papers with this one simple mistake.
I’ve made quite a few changes to the original version, so here’s an updated description of how you too can destroy your research paper from the very beginning.
Some words should never find their way into research papers. Wikipedia is pretty high on that last (though I do think you can and should use Wikipedia for research). So is anything that is not technically a word (IMHO). Fortunately, though I’ve heard from others who’ve experienced the terror of encountering these in papers, I have not yet experienced them myself. That’s a good thing.
But there is one mistake I run across all too frequently, one that I’d like to see disappear forever: papers that begin with something like the following: