Humanities › English Research Paper Writing Checklist Share Flipboard Email Print PeopleImages / Getty Images English Writing Writing Research Papers Writing Essays Journalism English Grammar By Grace Fleming Education Expert M.Ed., Education Administration, University of Georgia B.A., History, Armstrong State University Grace Fleming, M.Ed., is a senior academic advisor at Georgia Southern University, where she helps students improve their academic performance and develop good study skills. our editorial process Grace Fleming Updated January 31, 2019 A research paper checklist is an essential tool because the task of putting together a quality paper involves many steps. Nobody writes a perfect report in one sitting! Before you get started on your project, you should review the checklist on research ethics. Later, once you have finished the final draft of your research paper, you can use this checklist to make sure that you have remembered all the details. Research Paper Checklist First Paragraph and Introduction Yes Needs Work Introductory sentence is interesting The thesis sentence is specific The thesis statement makes a clear declaration that I back up with examples Body Paragraphs Yes Needs Work Does each paragraph begin with a good topic sentence? Do I provide clear evidence to support my thesis? Have I used examples with citations evenly throughout the work? Do my paragraphs flow in a logical manner? Have I used clear transition sentences? Paper Format Yes Needs Work Title page meets assignment requirements Page numbers are in the right location on the page Page numbers start and stop on the right pages Each citation has a bibliography entry In-text citations checked for proper formatting Proofreading Yes Needs Work I've checked for confusing word errors I've checked for logical flow My summary restates my thesis in different words Meeting the Assignment Yes Needs Work I mention previous research or positions on this topic My paper is the right length I've used enough sources I've included the required variety of source types What Is a Research Paper? Do You Know How to Make a Timeline for Your Paper? How to Tackle Your Assignment and Turn in a Stellar Research Paper The 9 Steps of Writing a Great Research Paper How to Write an Essay in 5 Simple Steps Documentation in Reports and Research Papers Do You Know How to Write an Annotated Bibliography? What Is the Thesis in an Essay or Speech? How to Write a Descriptive Paragraph 7 Steps for Writing a Paper on an Environmental Issue Leaving Your Homework at Home? Never Again! Helping Students Move Beyond General Goals 8 Steps for Planning, Researching, and Writing a 20-Page Paper Transitions: Strategies to Improve the Flow of Your Essays Infrmation to Give Someone Writing a Recommendation Letter What Is Public Speaking Anxiety and How Do You Overcome It?