The goal of the structure and organization of your paper is to enhance how persuasive or informative your paper is; your structure should make it easier for the reader to understand not harder
Transitions provide clarity of how ideas or examples are related to the overall topic. Below are some transitions taken from Washington's Department of Education, more can be found in Cathy Birkenstein Gerald Graff's " They Say I Say"
Research papers are supposed to be sophisticated and complex but organized and coherent sketching and outlining your paper can help you achieve this.
Questions taken from “UW Departments Web Server.” UW Departments Web Server, depts.washington.edu/.
If you are rereading your paper and find that your paper seems to lack flow you are most likely missing. Here is what to check for to fix the problem: