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Term Paper Writing – Not a Popular Favorite

October 15, 2015 - Posted toWriting

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Term Paper Writing – Not a Popular Favorite

At the beginning of every semester, students comb through their syllabi looking for term paper assignments. Yep! There they are – those paper assignments, all due at the end of the semester – one for each course. Well, there’s 18 weeks before they are due, so plenty of time, right? No, not plenty of time. If you don’t put together a schedule to get them done over time, you will be looking at the last couple of weeks of the semester, with all of them due and very little time left. Plus, you have to study for finals – this is not a pretty picture. So, decide right now that you are going to get started on them, one at a time, as the semester moves forward, and you will be very thankful at the end.

The Purpose of a Term Paper

Long ago, a term paper was written at the end of a term (semester or year), and students were supposed to summarize all that they had learned in the course. Gradually, this practice gave way to a new definition – a research work based on one specific topic area of the course that allows you to obtain some more in-depth expertise. So, term papers today are virtually the same as research papers – it’s just that they are due at the end of a semester. Each one is a final paper that counts anywhere from 1/4 to 1/3 of your grade.


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Getting a Topic

There are lots of sources for finding a good topic. The best one is probably your textbook. As you look through the table of contents, try to find something in the chapter sub-titles that would be interesting to you. If a topic is not interesting, you will procrastinate and dread getting the thing finished. It should be noted that if you have the option to choose anything at all, sometimes a biography of a leader in the subject field might be a good topic. Otherwise, look for concepts that are easily researched.

The Process – Making it Easier

These tips and tricks should help make term paper writing easier for you.

  1. Find Some Samples: Once you have that topic, get online and look at some research papers that have been done on the same topic. Here’s what you are looking for:
  • Papers on the topic that are similar in length to your length requirement. This will allow you to narrow the topic correctly.
  • The structure and organization of the paper itself. What are the sub-topics and what I the order in which they are introduced? This will give you a great start on organizing the information you will get from your research.
  • Look at the bibliography. Are the resources current and scholarly? If so, make note of them so you can use them as well.

Remember: You are not doing all of this to just plagiarize someone else’s work. You know you will caught if you do. You are just getting a good model that you can use as you write your own. Doing this is a huge time-saver.

  1. Do your research: If you already have your sub-topics from your model, it will be easy to read, take notes, list the source at the top of each notecard, and put that notecard in the stack for the right sub-topic. When you are finished, you can then take each stack and decide what details should be included under the sub-topic heading and which sources you will cite for each of those details.

Just a reminder here: “Scholarly” resources mean just that. Do not use outdated books or encyclopedias. Get the most current resources from people who are considered experts in the field. Most of your research can really occur online, especially if your library is.

  1. The Outline: Some professors demand that a formal outline be turned in with the paper. If this I the case, just “bite the bullet” and do it. Roman numerals will be your sub-topics and the capital alphabet letters will be the details (e.g., paragraphs) that will be included in that sub-topic). If there is no requirement for a formal outline, you can just list the order in which you are going to present the sub-topics and, under them, the order in which you will be covering the details. The goal is to have a map to follow as you write.
  2. The Writing: Now, you simply follow the “map” and get the body of your paper written. Just be careful to note which resource need to be cited for the information, data, or ideas that you include. Save the introduction for last, so you have time to reflect on all that you have said and develop a decent thesis statement. Obviously, you know that you have to edit and revise your rough draft. If you aren’t good at this, get someone else to help out, even if it means you pay a professional writing service to do it. There is no reason to turn in a paper with grammatical errors anymore. If you don’t want to pay a service, then get a comprehensive app that will scan it and point out your errors, as well as make suggestions for correction.
  3. Formatting: Your professor has a required style – use it. Margins, headings, title pages, and such are easy to do. If you have problems with citations, there are apps for that too. All you have to do is access the app, select your format style and enter the resource information. The app does all the rest.

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Term paper writing is not particularly fun, but then neither are some of the other coursework assignments you have. But if you can get yourself on a schedule to produce them and use the tips here, they will certainly be far less painful.