How to write a Term Paper - Part 2
Once you have plenty of notes, it's time to start organizing. Creating an outline is one of the best ways to organize your term paper. It will lay out the foundation of your paper and allow you to see any structual errors that may occur. You outline also works as a "pre" first draft because you should have a high level view of how your paper will fit together.
Speaking of first drafts, here's where you will really start to see your paper come together. It's important not to get caught up editing as you are writing. You will have plenty of time to edit later, so just let the words flow. As you are writing, be sure to work in your sources, but remember, you are not just restating what other people have said. You are using their work as a jumping point for further analysis or to help support your views.
Once the first draft is completed, you can start the editing and revising process. Look to make sure you paragraphs are logically layed out. Is there a sense of flow between paragraphs. Is the purpose of you term paper clearly stated? Are you using correct grammar? These are just a few items to be aware of. It will take several revision to have a finished paper.
Finally, proofread. At this point, you are looking for spelling and grammar errors, citation errors and other little details. You should not be making major edits on your paper. If you can find someone else to proofread for you, that is a major benefit. Peer review can help you find those hard to find errors, especially at this point because you can recite you term paper in your sleep, so having unfamiliar eyes looking at it is a very good thing.
Following these steps will put you on the road to a successful term paper.