Outlines for Term Papers Are Not as Hard as They Seem and Will Even Help You
September 26th, 2010
An Outlines for a Term Paper Will Surprisingly Allow you to Write a Much Better Paper
I really like and appreciate structure and order in my life. I like to know what’s going to happen. I don’t like surprises. When my boyfriend and I go out for dinner. We have to pick the restaurant ahead of time. I usually look at the menu and decide what I want. When the food is placed in front of me I like to have everything in a certain order, peas and carrots first, then potatoes and then the main dish. I always have to have ice-water with lemon and a salad in case I don’t like my meal. I am very particular. As I have gotten older I have incorporated this into my everyday life. As an English professor I have taught my students the importance of structure. They usually don’t quite understand this. I have a rule for all the assignments I receive, outlines for term papers need to be included with each one paper turned in. This came under fire and I had a lot of back lash from the students. I didn’t back down but I came up with the following tips to help them.
1.Termpaperwriter.org is a great site to utilize. It is filled with tons of blogs from writing a term paper on autism to writing a researching paper on history. They even have blogs on outlines for a term paper.
2.Basic outlines for term papers structure your paper for you. In a blank document label each paragraph out and leave a least five to ten lines in between. These blank lines are where you plug in all the main points you hope to make in the paragraph as well as the citations you will be using.
3.Learning how to cite is key. For your outline, citations will not matter but for your term paper it will. There are various different citation methods: Chicago, Harvard, APA and MLA. The latter two are the most common yet the most similar. If your citations are not done correctly you will more than likely receive a failing grade. Use the key I have provided below to help you:
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:
4.When writing your outlines for a term paper remember the basic term paper structure. The first paragraph is the introduction, tell the audience what you are going to tell them. Be sure to include your thesis an
- d introduce all of your mains points. The subsequent paragraphs go into detail about the main points you just brought up. A good rule of the thumb is to have one citation per point being made. Your thesis should be present in some form in each paragraph. The last section is the conclusion. You should reiterate your main points, bring up the thesis again and finish off your essay with nice little bow.
Structure and order are good things, in life and especially in term or research papers. It puts things in perspective and allows you have to have a better grasp on things. I think that is what the term paper outlines did for my students.