Getting Term Paper Help: How To Create A Good Project

Writing a good term paper means writing a term paper that is interesting, thought provoking, and immediately sweeps the reader in by hooking their interest. Then, the term paper impresses the professor with its high quality research, its correct citations, proper formatting throughout, and a high quality sources/works cited page. Whether you are using MLA or APA—with easy answers at everyone’s hands about how to cite this or that immediately available via Google, wizards, and sites like Purdue’s Online Writing Lab—(OWL), there is no excuse anymore for improperly cited sources.

First, Have All the Elements of a Proper Essay

Essays and term papers are basically the same thing except a term paper requires research. You should embrace the research part of the paper as much as you do the writing of it.

This is why It is so crucial to pick a topic you really really care about. The caring will shine through, you will actually enjoy the research process and the writing will come easily for you then—so pick your topic carefully. Pick something you’ve always wanted to know more about. For instance, I’ve always been fascinated by dolphin communication and intelligence, and I would like to know more about these happy looking creatures. So, I would choose that. That way, I’d finally learn everything I had always wanted to know about them, and I’d be getting the research done as well. This way, I kill two birds with one stone, so to speak.

Second Trick, Make a “Research Outline”

When I write a research paper of any kind, what I do first is gather all my research. I type any quotes that come from “un-cut-and-pastable sources such as Google books, amazon books, kindles, etcetera, into a blank document called a “research outline”

I then type down all my favorite quotes from online journals. If I have a block quote to remind myself of context, then I underline or highlight that part of the quote I want. By the end of this, I have all kinds of typed quotes—that have no hierarchal order—so I need to apply one.

Then, I start cutting, pasting, and moving these quotes around until I achieve a kind of flow and I can see which quotes would go at the beginning and end of the paper. Then, you connect these quotes with your OWN writing—cite, make your works cited page and VOILA. You’re done.

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