I Figured Out My Future By Writing a History Term Paper
July 4th, 2010
History Term Papers Are A Great Life Changing Tool
I hate history I have just never been very good at it. I am not good at memorizing things that I really don’t care too much about facts and figures and dates. It’s pretty hard for me to read about something I frankly don’t care too much about. My mom always tells me “in order to figure out where you’re going you have to know where you came from.” I get it but I really have little to know interests in it. My senior year in college my mom sent me to Pakistan on a mission trip. My parents are both from there and I was born and raised in the states. It was definitely an eye opening experience. One that I would never forget. It was amazing to see where I come from and I still had tons of family whom I had never met there. But it was also a very impoverished country. I had a real life changing “aha” moment that really stayed with me for. When I got back my I really wanted to research my family tree and learn more about my culture. My mom suggested I write a history term paper. I used the following tips to write the best term paper ever.
1.Do your research. My research for my history term paper was great. Going to Pakistan, visiting my family was very hands on. But you can also do your research by reading books, journals, internet websites and of course one on one interviews.
2.Now that you know how and what to research you must learn how to site. There are two basic situations styles the APA format to the MLA format. It’s important to learn how to site both of them.
For APA use this:
Last name, first name. (year published).Title of Book. City published. Publisher
For the in text citation use this method:
(Last name, year, pp. numbers of pages)
For MLA use this:
Last name of author, First name of Author. Title of Book. Place Published: Publisher. Year. Print.
MLA also uses footnotes instead of in text:
3.Edit early and often. I like to edit my paper while I am writing it. It helps me to stay focus on what I am writing if I am constantly rereading it. The truth is, it is extremely difficult to edit your own work. It would be helpful to have another set of eyes look it over. Especially when it comes to history term papers it would be useful to have someone check your facts.
4. Consider writing a outline for your history term papers. A term paper outline is a sort of map for your term paper. It really helps you to break down your paper into a more manageable process and helps you to focus on certain points of the paper at one time. You can also structure your paper out so that the citations write the paper and not the other way around.
My term paper on history really helped me to figure out what I wanted to do with my life, help people. I wanted to help people who are less fortunate than myself. I knew that if it wasn’t for a small turn of luck I would be exactly in the same position my family in Pakistan was in.