How to Write a Term Paper Is Not As Hard as It Looks
July 5th, 2010
I Had to Teach Freshman How to Write Term Papers and Get Them Excited About It
My senior year in high school I was in Advanced Placement English. It was an awesome class we read some of of the best authors and wrote some fabulous essays and term papers. The teacher Mr. Cruz was awesome super dynamic and really cared and respected the literature and what we were writing about. Because he loved it this made me really care about it as well. I got awesome marks. As I was leaving class and one day Mr Cruz pulled me aside and asked for my help. He said his freshman class was really having a problem grasping term papers. He thought if I could write an essay on how to write a term paper in basic terms for them this would really help them out. He wanted someone who spoke their language and could relate to them. I was flattered. But I really had to put some thought into how to write term papers. It was something that always came very easy for me. I just write. But I sat down and thought about it and came up with the tips below.
1. When learning how to write term papers first you must understand how to cite. There are two major citation methods MLA and APA. They are both pretty similar but one has footnotes and the other has end notes. Your teacher will tell you what citation they want you to utilize for each paper. The key below will help you decipher the difference between the two.
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:
2.A basic term paper consists of an introduction body and conclusion. The introduction of the paper is the first paragraph it briefly explains what you are going to write about. It should also include your thesis statement which is the main point you are trying to conclude or explain in your paper. A directive of this statement should be present in each paragraph of the essay. The subsequent paragraphs should go into great detail about the main points you just introduced in the first paragraph. A general rule of them is to have one citation per paragraph. The last portion of a term paper is the conclusion. This sums up the essay repeats your main point and reiterates your thesis statement.
3.A great source when trying to figure out how to write a term paper is term-papers-writer.com. They are a great source to utilize for all of term or research paper needs. They have great blogs that are engaging yet informative.
4.Make sure you thoroughly edit your paper. You will not receive a good grade if it contains any grammar or spelling errors. Teachers see this as form of laziness and and uncaring. It is very difficult to edit your own work. You may want another set of eyes to give you a second opinion.
Good luck leaning to write a term paper with the above tips you should have no problem writing a stellar paper that will get you the desired grade. Be sure to have fun with it and pick a topic that is of interest to you.