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How to Write a Research Paper

Written and oral communications skills are probably the most universal qualities sought by graduate and professional schools as well as by employers. You alone are responsible for developing such skills to a high level.

Come and learn how to write a research paper!

How to Write a Research Paper

  • Academic Year: 2013/2014
  • Prof. Lucia Milone
  • Second Semester
  • Period: February-April
  • Total lectures: 8

All students can apply.
No credits will be earned.

Course description

The course is designed to support students in Economics that need to improve their writing skills. There are many occasions when we might be required to produce a written report with different characteristics depending on its scope (i.e., a term paper, a bachelor/master's degree thesis, academic and/or professional projects, etc.). Initially, general principles on writing papers in economics and finance will be provided. Then, the course will focus on how to find an appropriate and effective topic to be researched; in fact, a good hypothesis has to be interesting and well-phrased to guide the reader through the logical connections between the different arguments and to encourage understanding. One lecture will be devoted to providing useful information on finding sources, with special focus on statistical databases that are freely available on the web and on electronic resources that can be accessed via the University network (on- and off-campus). A generic manuscript structure will be described in detail, identifying the most important and standard types of content that characterize each section. Different kinds of writing assignments with their unique characteristics will be presented (such as literature review, theory-oriented papers, issue papers and case studies). Another lecture will focus on the structure and content of empirical papers, given their relevance in economics and finance; it will provide an interesting and useful in-depth analysis for students that are planning to attend the STATA seminars provided by LUISS University. A relatively large amount of time will be devoted to the correct way to write a bibliography and/or a reference list (they differ in style depending on the type of writing) and how to accurately cite references in-text. The last two lectures will serve as a conclusion to the course. The former will show how to write an economic paper using LaTeX, a popular text-editor, thanks to its features and ease of use; the latter is dedicated to a summary of the main principles for creating an effective presentation that can highlight the key concepts of your work.

Course content

  • 1st Seminar
    General Principles on Writing Papers. Finding a Topic.
  • 2nd Seminar
    Finding Sources (with a focus on statistical sources).
  • 3rd Seminar
    How to Write a Paper: Guidelines. Manuscript Structure and Content.
  • 4th Seminar
    A Focus on Empirical Papers.
  • 5th Seminar
    An Overview of Other Writing Assignments:
    Literature Review, Theory-oriented Papers, Issue Papers, Case Studies.
  • 6th Seminar
    Crediting Sources. References and Bibliography Styles and Examples.
  • 7th Seminar
    Writing an Economic Paper Using LaTex: an Overview.
  • 8th Seminar
    How to Construct an Effective Presentation.

Calendar of lectures

Room 201 – viale Romania

Data Orario
February 24, 2014 3:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
March 3, 2014 3:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
March 10, 2014 3:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
March 17, 2014 3:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
March 24, 2014 3:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
March 31, 2014 3:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
April 7, 2014 3:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
April 14, 2014 3:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

If you want to apply, send an email to by February 10, 2014.