Creating A Winning Research Paper About Water Pollution

Water pollution is a well-documented area of modern society. If you are going to write the work that stands out from all others on this subject, then you have to put a lot of effort into originality and presentation.

What makes a winning paper?

  • Know your audience: if you are writing for environmentalists highlight the damage that is being done, if you are writing for the industry make sure you pick up on all the innovative solutions that are being developed.

  • Clear, consistent evidence is required: there is no point stating that an oil spill has damaged the turtle population without a graph showing the dramatic decline in turtle birth rate since the accident.

  • Most of all, you need to tell your story. Evidence alone is dry and dull, capture your reader’s interest with a clear, enthusiastic voice.

How to get started.

  • The best work is where the writer’s enthusiasm for the topic almost explodes from the page. Make sure you chose a topic for your work that fills you with a desire to tell everyone about it.

  • Brainstorm for ideas, the first idea you think of is not always the best on. If you thought of it first, it is very likely that most other people will as well. You must strive for originality. Have two or three really good topics in mind before you begin your research.

  • The quantity of information available on the internet is almost overwhelming, but you must go for quality. Try different search words in your browser to narrow down your findings. Color-coding your notes with your outline is something many people find helpful.

  • The best writers work from a solid outline – but outlining is a way of putting what you are thinking in order and everyone thinks differently. Find an outlining style that suits you and your work will practically write itself.

Having trouble finding a topic? Here are some areas for you to think about.

  1. The inter-linking of air and water pollution.

  2. Environmental contamination is not just chemical, artificially introduced species which out-compete the native species could be considered.

  3. A historical survey of how one particular waterway became polluted and then perhaps recovered.

  4. The pros and cons of building dams.

  5. Agriculture – we need the food, but which types are most damaging to the environment.

  6. Which styles of human habitation cause least damage?