Your term paper is an important assignment that requires you to use your critical thinking, analysis, and academic writing skills. To write a good term paper without stumbling, falling flat, getting overwhelmed and quitting can be done if you follow a few guidelines. These guidelines are prepared to make your term paper writing experience efficient and relatively pain free.
Keep the following steps in mind and work systematically down the list:
Topic Selection: Choose a topic that interests and intrigues you. You will enjoy writing your term paper on something you actually want to prove. This is your chance!
Research: This can be all muddled up if not done methodically. Divide your evidence gathering expedition into online and offline sections. Search the web for evidence and note the sources. You will have to mention the sources to avoid plagiarism. Cite only credible sources in your paper. Online libraries and databases, official websites and online academic journals are good sources of information and evidence. Offline methods include academic journals, published research, magazines, newspapers, encyclopedias etc.
Thesis: Think about your position on the topic, issue, or question. Write it in one line. Your thesis is the expression of your belief on the topic; the rest of the paper is directed at supporting your belief.
Rough outline: Make a rough outline of your term paper. Write down the various sections and organize information, arguments, and evidence under each. Each of your main points should have three strong supporting points with it. The strongest point should be mentioned last in each paragraph. Outline your introduction and conclusion too.
First Draft: Now write the first draft of your term paper. It is exactly like the final draft; so do not be clumsy with it. Who knows, you might not need to type a final one if you do this well! Write an introduction stating your thesis and the reason why you are writing the thesis. Organize the body of the paper as mentioned above one main argument and three supporting points (evidence based) with each one. Revisit and restate your thesis in new words and explain how the evidence proves your thesis in the conclusion.
Revision: Read your first draft and improve it as you go. Delete or scratch out any superfluous arguments or extraneous words.
Final Draft: Now type your term paper in its final form (if needed).
Editing and Proofreading: Before inhaling a deep breath and exhaling all your tension, proofread your term paper for errors in typing, spelling, punctuation and grammar.