Are you thinking of how to write a sociology research question? What you need are tips to guide you. In this article, you will be getting 15 such tips.

How to Write a Good Sociology Paper

  1. Pick a Topic
  2. This is the first step in writing a sociology paper. You have to pick an original topic to start your paper. More importantly, this topic must be one that you fully understand or you may just find it difficult to write anything. Also, you can pick any topic from child care to environmental hazards.

  3. Have a Rough Draft
  4. After selecting a topic, the next thing to do is put all your ideas down into a rough draft. No, do not be in a hurry to structure your ideas. Simply write them as they come on a sheet of paper. Trust, in due time, you will be able to structure these into coherent and uniform sentences.

  5. Research
  6. After writing down all you know and think about the topic, the next thing is to engage in research. Researching the works of other scholars will give you greater insights, more inspiration, and a better understanding of your topic.

  7. Separate Relevant from non-relevant from Research Work
  8. Now, in your search, you will discover that not all research work is relevant to your study. Thus, you should separate work that is needed for your study from work that is not needed.

  9. Write Out Your Introduction
  10. Next, structure your work by writing your introduction. Now, let your introduction tell the reader what they should expect from your paper. Are you trying to discuss the underlying causes of a problem? What do you hope to achieve? In summary, let the reader have a clear idea of what your paper wants to discuss by reading your introduction.

  11. Body
  12. After writing your introduction, the next step is to write the body paragraphs. To make this easier, you can break your body paragraphs into subheadings. Also, you can set a word count limit for each subheading. This will make it easier for you to write without worrying if you will make it to the word count stipulation. Also, make sure that to use transition words to establish a flow of your thoughts.

  13. Conclusion
  14. It is commonly said that the introduction and conclusion are the most important sections of an academic paper. This is correct. Even without reading your body paragraphs, a reader should be able to tell what you have done by reading your conclusion. Your conclusion should contain a summary of what you have written. Did you solve a problem? Is the research open to further investigation? Make sure to write this down.

  15. Cite and Reference
  16. When writing your paper, it is important to mention the works of other researchers that you consulted for yours. Citing happens when you paraphrase or quote a source using the author’s name and year in parenthesis. For reference, you have to write out the details of the sources you cited. This should contain the author’s name, year of published work, the publisher, access date, etc. Also, it is important to mention that the reference style you use depends on what your school requires. Furthermore, this should be on a separate sheet.

  17. Consult the Thesaurus
  18. When writing a sociology paper, you should avoid writing plainly. Rather, consult the thesaurus to help you with advanced vocabulary.

  19. Use Appropriate Terminology Consistently
  20. Make sure to use appropriate terminologies all through your paper. For example, do not use “media” in one paragraph and use “reporters” in another when you mean the same thing.

  21. Check for Mistakes
  22. After you have completed your paper, use a spell checker. This will help correct any grammatical mistakes present in your work.

  23. Check for Plagiarism
  24. Next, use a plagiarism checker to check for any plagiarism in your work. Your lecturers will most likely do this. Thus, it’s best you eliminate any trace of plagiarism (minus cited work) from your paper.

  25. Proofread Your Work
  26. It is important to proofread your to ensure coherence, uniformity, and clarity. This also helps you know if you have fully addressed your topic.

  27. Have a Second Opinion
  28. Give your work to an established scholar or a senior to help you proofread. They can easily identify mistakes that you did not know existed.

  29. Turn in
  30. Finally, turn in your work and wait for the results.


These tips have shown you how to write a sociology paper. Make sure you follow each of them to guide you into turning in that good sociology paper.