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Your guide to creating term papers, research papers and any other kind of paper you might need.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

How to write a Term Paper - Part 2

If you haven't read part 1, now might be a good time to do it. I'll wait.

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.

How to write a Term Paper - Part 1

Writing a term paper can be a daunting task. While there are many steps involved in producing a term paper, if you break it down into manageable pieces, you will be one step closer to success. This article will give you an overview to help you get started writing your own papers.

The first step to any paper is picking a topic. In many cases, you are given a list of topics to pick from. If not, explore an area that is of interest to you, or one you would like to learn more about. Picking a topic could be a whole article in itself (Maybe a future article…).

Once you have a topic, you need to decide what kind of term paper you will be writing. There are two main kinds of papers, argumentative and analytical. In an argumentative paper, you have a thesis that states a point you are trying to prove. You use evidence and arguments to back your thesis up. For an analytical paper, you are exploring a question. You will become an "expert" on some aspect of this question, and your paper will provide an answer to the question.

Now, having your topic and thesis or analytical question, it's time for research! Head down to the library and use their computer system to find journals and books discussing your topic. The WWW can also be used as a research tool. It's important to take notes and keep track of where your notes come from. A little work now will save you much time when you are buiding your works cited page and your bibliography.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Research Paper Writer Welcome

This site will help you learn to handle one of college's more time consuming tasks: Term Papers. We are not limited to term papers. Call them what you will, term papers, research papers, really long essays; they all boil down to the same thing: knowing how to organize your thoughts and putting them on paper.

Here's a sample of some of the ideas we will cover.
  • Term paper ideas ( for all topics: history, philosophy, sociology, even accounting papers)
  • How to outline your ideas
  • Creating your first draft
  • Revising and editing your term paper
  • How to handle citations and bibliography
Stay tuned, and we will help you tackle your college (or high-school) term papers!