Writing a research paper is hard, exhaustive work that can take weeks. You have to gather all your sources and organize them. You have to outline and structure your ideas and information into a cogent and cohesive whole. You have to write up a draft, then edit and proofread, going through several drafts before you get to the final product. On top of all of that, you also need to meet a minimum word count requirement. The desired length for your paper may vary, depending on the nature of the assignment, the class, and what level of education you’re at. Some papers only need to be about 1000 words. Others need to be at least 5000 words. It all depends on a variety of factors, but whatever the case, there will be a word limit.
Sometimes you do all of your research, outline your paper, and write your rough draft, only to find that you’re short of the target word count. You need to make your paper longer, or you’ll lose points off of your grade. Fortunately, there are several strategies you can use to try to draw things out so that the final form of the piece is long enough.
Here are some suggestions for how to make your research paper longer: