What do you think an A+-grade research paper looks like?
It should have perfect grammar, no spelling mistakes, and impeccable formatting, right?
You’ll be surprised to know that while writing style, grammar, and spellings are important, most college and university professors have a different perspective on grading a research paper.
How Professors Grade Research Papers?
While reviewing a research paper, doctoral thesis, or a dissertation, professors usually:
- Offer their feedback on the best features of a scholars’ dissertation writing piece.
- Focus on the main theme or the research question of the paper. They try to assess whether the research conducted in the paper and its presentation is relevant to the main research question or the research theme of the paper or not.
- Look at how you develop your topic and how you support your arguments.
- Check out the comprehensiveness of the subject exploration. Has the scholar included enough quotes, opinions, forecasts, examples, paraphrases, reasoning, and inferences to support your arguments? Have you mentioned enough sources in References and Citations sections to make your research comprehensive and complete?
- Read the Background Information thoroughly to see whether you have introduced the research citations properly (along with their full name, and year when the journal or the article was published). They also check whether you’ve mentioned the context for your research and what are its general goals. Any history or definitions about the research also need to be specified in this section.
- Check out how well you integrate sources in your research paper.
- Judge whether the arguments are well-wounded, have all the required information, evolve correctly towards the conclusion and whether the research scholar has reviewed the subject holistically and taken all perspectives into account.
Only then comes the part where they check:
- Whether the vocabulary and length of explanations are appropriate for the college audience?
- The writing style is neither too informal nor too dense and short. Has the writer used the right diction and tone while writing the dissertation or thesis? Are sentence patterns varied enough to keep the text interesting?
- Does the paper or research essay follow the standardised structure or format? Is the formatting of the research paper and all its pages and sections has been done correctly?
- Is the research writing error-free regrding spellings, punctuation and grammar?
While you will have to contact a professional dissertation help provider or subject expert to check the higher-order aspects of your research, there are several web and mobile apps that can be used to test the lower-order aspects of research writing, such as:
1. Science Journal
Google brings you the ultimate free digital science notebook for anyone who is interested in Science. Science Journal not only allows you to keep your notes, photos, and observations at one place but also helps you measure and graph phenomena like light, sound, air pressure, and acceleration around you.
You can also connect to Arduino and Vernier devices via Bluetooth and export the recorded sensor data as CSV files.
The tool is available as an iOS app, Android app, and can be used on Chromebook devices too.
Grammarly is available as a web tool, Chrome extension, iOS keyboard, as well as Android keyboard. It is hugely popular in the workplace as well as scholarly communication and collaboration. Grammarly can help you correct your grammar and write a professional email, FB post, or tweet on-the-go as well as help you screen your research writing for any possible spelling and grammar mistakes.
3. Plagiarism Checker
This plagiarism detection software by Plagiarisma.net allows you to screen your dissertations, research essays, or theses for plagiarism. It runs the content of your writing piece through five search engines:
- Google Books
- Google Scholar
It flags any possible phrases which might be copy-pasted from other places. It is a free alternative to Copyscape and Turnitin which can scan your files in the form of TXT, HTML, PDF, XLS, DOC, DOCX, ODT, ODS, ODP, FB2, and EPUB.
Available as a Desktop app as well as an Android app, Mendeley is an excellent reference manager and PDF reader – and it is free to use. It allows you to read and annotate papers on the go, synchronise the app with a cloud-based library, and download your collections of articles, essays, and books whenever you want to access them offline.
Mendeley app enhances your reading experience and can be incredibly useful in your research writing process. You can also use it to cross-check the data, statistics, and facts you have included in your research paper during the reviewing process.
5. Readability Test Free
As the name suggests, this is a free app which instantly calculates the following for your research paper:
- Flesch Reading Ease Score (FRES),
- Flesch-Kincaid (F-K) Grade Level, and
- Gunning Fog Index Score.
It helps you judge the difficulty level of your academic English writing piece.
In the Fres test, a higher score is desirable as it means that your essay or dissertation is easier to read. It is believed that a score of 0.0 to 30.0 is comprehensible only by university graduates (not in a good way), a score of 60.0 to 70.0 can be understood by 13 to 15-year-olds, while a score of 90.0 to 100.0 can be easily understood by a 10 to 11-year-old.
The F-K Grade Level Score represents the readability of your article as the US grade level – and it is quite popular in the world of education.
The Gunning Fog index also helps you confirm whether what you have written can be understood by your target audience or not.
Running your paper through this app helps you determine the blocks of your text which need to be re-written to make them more readable.
6. English Grammar Spell Checker
This free iOS and Android app allows you to correct all the grammatical errors as well as read the written text loudly for you. It takes into account several small grammatical details we miss as a writer or scholar:
- Passive Voice
- Article and Nouns
- Plural Nouns
- Comparisons and Unions
- Modal Verbs
- Permanent and Unstable Verbs
- Interrogative and Auxiliary Verbs etc.
The program includes 20,000 words – allowing you to use powerful vocabulary throughout your research writing process.
7. iA Writer
Finally, iA Writer is an iOS app is simple to use and minimalistic in appearance. It can:
- Search for syntax errors and word repetitions, and offer advice on how to correct them.
- Synchronise your documents with the cloud storage such as iCloud or Dropbox.
- A student who is handling multiple writing assignments at once will find iA Writer quite useful to sort and organise them properly.
I hope these tools will help you write your dissertation or thesis easily and win you perfect scores.