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How To Write A Term Paper

Jan 7, 2008
Writing a term paper can be very overwhelming and scary for some people. However, if broken down into steps, it can be very easy to get that term paper done easily and quickly.

Here are some proven steps that have worked for many college students. If you follow these basic steps, you will always get a high scoring paper. If you are not clear on exactly how to approach your paper, use your instructor as a resource to explain further. This is a very important factor of writing the right paper and fulfilling everything that the instructor requires. Your instructor will be aware that you want to write a quality term paper.

Do not be afraid to ask questions. It is better to know exactly what you are doing or not. Discuss the project with your classmates. You would be surprised how someone else has a different perspective and can answer some questions for you and give you ideas.

The first step you should take is to look carefully at all the materials you have to include in your paper. Utilize all the textbooks that you have on the subject, notes you have taken in class and any course handouts given in class.

After you have carefully examined your materials, decide on your thesis, which is the question that you want to answer in your paper. If your instructor did not give you a specific topic, but a broad subject area, then you can experiment with your thesis and write from a different and interesting angle. Make sure your term paper is not too long and laborious. Your instructor will probably give you a page limit. With that in mind, choose a subject that will not turn out too long or too short. To do this, you have to narrow your topic as best as you can. You can usually tell if it is going to be too long or too short, by the bibliography that you are able to find.

Your next step is to do your research by putting your bibliography together if it has not yet been assigned to you. Compile your list of sources online and in the library. Use your college library. It has a lot of information on different subject topics. Your research will determine whether you write a good term paper or not. Use magazine articles on the topic. Take as much notes as you can when going through the actual research websites, articles and books. Use quotes only when it is necessary and relevant to the topic.

Go on to outline your term paper by using the notes you gathered. Your main outline should include what you want to discuss in the term paper. Following your main outline, you can now create a draft of our term paper. Use the simple format of having an introduction, body of term paper and conclusion. The Introduction will state what you want to say in your term paper, the body will actually state your case and the conclusion will summarize what you had to say and answer your thesis question for the reader.
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