Easy Steps in Writing a Term Paper

Description: Need a piece of advice on writing a term paper? In this useful article, you will find an easy guide on how to write a term paper in six simple steps.

Term Paper Writing Tips

Writing a term paper is a common academic assignment for students of colleges and universities. When writing college term papers, students are required to demonstrate a high level of the understanding of the topic material (theories, statistics, concepts, controversies, and more) and show that they can properly use methods for doing research, analyzing, and discussing that material. Besides, students are expected to defend some point of view when discussing a debatable topic where different opinions may exist.

This task may often seem daunting for young people who struggle with paper writing and find it hard to complete several term papers in different classes practically simultaneously. That’s why many of the students who face problems with writing college papers often start looking for opportunities to pay for term paper. In this article, we are going to discuss how to write a successful term paper in a few easy steps.

Define Your Research Question

The first thing you should do is to find an interesting topic to write about. Very often, the topic is assigned by your instructor so there is no need to worry about this step. But if you have to define a topic for your research yourself, you should keep in mind your topic has to meet the instructor’s guidelines and the approach that he has suggested. Think about the topic that you are really interested in and that is manageable to explore and write about in a certain amount of time. Make sure you will be able to find enough reliable sources to conduct your research.

Map Your Research Strategy

You should make a systematic plan how you are going to track relevant sources. To develop the most appropriate strategy, you need to consult a reference librarian or visit a website of your library where you can find an overview of available resources. With an expert help, you will be able to use reference tools, electronic database, and web search engines more productively. When you have defined your sources, you need to start reading and taking notes. In the process, you may need to narrow down your topic and refine your research question.

Do Research and Organize Your Notes

You can take notes about your resear4ch question any way you like: in a research journal, a PDA or notecards. But you should develop a system so that you can easily retrieve your notes for future reference. You should write all bibliographic material in one spreadsheet line or on a separate card and format all the information according to a specific citation style required for your term paper.

Make an Outline

When you feel that you have done enough research, you may write down a tentative thesis. Next, you should brainstorm the ways to communicate what you have learned to your audience. You can make an ordinary outline, a free-writing, a concept map or use other strategies to organize your thoughts. Some people may just start writing and make changes in the process.

Create a Draft

Start writing your paper and don’t think much about your grammar and spelling. Think about the content and the logic. You may need to do additional research at this stage and make changes in your outline or your thesis. Make a working bibliography as you write your draft, taking into account the requirements of the specific citation style. Revise your draft and write an introduction and a conclusion. As you revise, you may need to continue your research focusing on narrower questions, and try to fill in the gaps or provide additional evidence to support your argument.

Edit and Proofread Your Draft

Read your draft and check the content, the flow, the structure, and the logic of your paper. Make sure you have used transition works to connect your paragraphs. When you are satisfied with the content of your term paper, you should re-read your paper once again and check grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Fix all mistakes and typos if you have found any. A good idea is to use a reliable spelling and grammar checker to eliminate the most common mistakes and typos. Finally, make sure that you have cited all your sources properly to avoid plagiarism.

Author: David S. Wills

David S. Wills is the author of Scientologist! William S. Burroughs and the 'Weird Cult' and the founder/editor of Beatdom literary journal. He lives and works in rural China, and loves to travel. His other IELTS website is called IELTS Teaching.

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