How to Write a Social Research ArticleThe first step in developing an effective research strategy is identifying a social research topic. Choose an interest of your own, such as nutrition, sports, or law. Once you have determined a topic that interests you, keep in mind that it will take some time to develop an effective research plan.
Once you've selected your topic, start to work out the necessary details. Start by selecting a common set of questions. These can be questions posed to readers of the article, questions related to a theme, or any combination of topics.
Ask questions that may apply to the research topic. For example, 'What is your interest in this topic?' is a question that will apply to any topic.
Next, identify specific and general information about your target audience. You'll want to identify any common issues that affect their lives.
Then collect information about these issues. Check with media for ideas about the issues that people are concerned about. When conducting a research project, it's helpful to gather information that relates to the area of your research so that you can create your own specialized studies based on that information.
Now compile your own data. Some of this data will come from the headlines alone, while some of it will be drawn from direct questioning. Don't forget to capture both the details of the research and the generalizations of the research.
Start by putting together a rough draft of the article. It should contain a headline that tells readers what you're interested in, but it should not reveal the information that you have gathered. You should not include all the information in the article at this point. Once you have a rough draft ready, you can begin to write the body of the article. Research articles must always be composed in a way that gives the reader a sense of involvement in the research. The opening paragraph should connect the reader to the article as it relates to the research they just read. Include a link to your website, if applicable, so that readers can contact you for further details.