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What is a Literature Review?

Literature reviews are often misrepresented. Many early-stage researchers believe that literature reviews are an easier way to be published than research articles; however, this is not necessarily true. If you are struggling to write research articles, consider getting my Scientific Research Paper Checklist below!

Instead, literature reviews fulfill an important role for both the writer and the reader. In this article, we are going to discuss the purpose of literature reviews, different types of literature reviews, and common misconceptions of literature reviews.

Purpose of Literature...

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Abstract vs. Introduction: 3 Key Differences

Two essential components of any research paper are the abstract and introduction. However, when you are writing these pieces, it can be difficult to decipher how these sections differ.

Much of the same information should be included in both sections. However, the purpose, structure, and length of your abstract and introduction should be very different. In this post, we will dive into each of these differences to help you to write killer abstracts and introductions!


Abstracts and Introductions have fundamentally different purposes.


The purpose of your abstract is to give a...

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How to Write a Successful Research Proposal

In my first semester of graduate school, I wrote a research proposal for the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships Program. I had no guidance on how to write a proposal for this very competitive fellowship program. Many websites seem to contradict each other on the guidance that they gave. Ultimately, I was unsuccessful at attaining the fellowship.

The next semester, after I had written multiple academic papers, I then applied for an NIH T-32 Predoctoral Fellowship. When I started working on my proposal, I felt like I had learned more about what I had done wrong on...

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Research Paper vs. Research Proposals: 3 Key Differences

Research Papers and proposals can be very difficult and frustrating to write. However, while they may create similar emotions, they are very different, and understanding these differences is important.

There are three important differences between research papers and proposals, which are the timeframe, purpose, and structure.

First, the time that you write a research paper and proposal is different. This is the difference that most people are aware of. For a research paper, you want to start writing this when you have finished all of the data collection. On the other hand, research...

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