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Term Paper Writing:
Planning, Structuring & Formatting Tricks

Written over the span of an entire academic year, a term paper covers a major part of an annual grade scheme. Term papers can be either descriptive or argumentative, intended to inform or fight over a given condition. Good term paper writing involves doing good research, following a scientific format and hard work for over a long period of time. Some tricks for making it in the competition have been shared below.

Finding a Good Topic

No better situation than getting to choose the topic of your term paper. Narrow down on an area of interest and move around a question which bothers you too. You need to ensure that it can be completed within the span of one paper, in a year. Thus, don’t keep it too broad rather lower it down to a specific question which you find most interesting. Don’t feel disheartened if the topic has already been chosen for you. Try to look for unique angles to it and start working. When deciding on a topic, remember to not choose a topic which does not have a predetermined result as then, the scope to undertake research is limited since you already know what is to be proved.

Researching Well

When undertaking research for your topic, you must not only look for things to write about. Unless you know the background and the future of the topic, you will not be able to write about it. You should be open to read and understand the information you come across and only then process it for your paper. You must discuss primary and secondary sources both and take part in online and offline discussions regarding the issue with other fellow students.

Have a Format Ready

Jot down the main points you want to write in your paper before starting to write them in reality. This will give you a structure and help you proceed with the writing if and when you are lost midway, unable to cope with the overwhelming presence of information and the vast ideas and arguments. Though this is subject to change, having a skeleton means not having to worry about how to go about it. Your term paper outline in general should include 4 points:

Introductory and concluding paragraphs

Descriptive paragraphs following the introduction which explain the theme

Analytical paragraphs which talk about a single point in each paragraph trying to prove or refute it

There can also be a interesting question regarding the topic which you are not entirely sure of yourself

MLA Format

APA Format

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