Perfecting Your Term Paper

Tips for Perfecting your Term Paper

Writing a research paper? No problem.

The most important things to consider when writing a research essay are a strong thesis, well written arguments and credited support to validate the paper. In order to succeed in writing a research paper, students must understand how it works, what is consists of and what its purpose is. In the same way a mechanic needs to understand how a car works in order to fix it, a student must understand what an essay consists of before they can succeed in writing it. So, how can you ensure that your research paper glistens with style and eloquence worthy of an A+ every time? Simple: just read on.

The Sources

The research part of a research paper is often the hardest part. However, finding sources to support the arguments and statements is vital to a good research paper. There are five main sources for research: online references such as elibrary and Proquest; encyclopaedias including Encarta and Britannia, books such as biographies; journals and magazines including Time and National Geographic; and newspapers such as The Vancouver Sun. Each type has its good and bad points. For example, some online sources, such as Wikipedia, are not reliable, and reading through a large book on the Life and Times of Charles Dickens can be quite time consuming. The key is to focus on the elements needed for the paper and then skim through those chapter summaries. Collect all the sources and information and make sure to keep them; they will be used at a later stage.

The Sections

In order to write a good research paper, a student must understand the basic parts to it.

The introduction of the paper aims to explain what this paper is all about and introduce the thesis. The thesis is a single sentence somewhere in the first paragraph that presents the argument to the reader and establishes what the paper is going to be about. The rest of the paper will consist of evidence to support the thesis. Needless to say, it is critical to have a well-thought out and eloquent thesis statement. The introduction will also briefly highlight the major points covered in the essay and explain what the student is trying to prove.

The body is the main part of the paper where the writer presents the arguments of the thesis. This is where all that credible research comes in. Always try and find three supporting arguments for each position. The body is the bulk of the paper so add as much depth as possible to make the paper really stand out.

The conclusion is the wrap up of the paper where the student must restate the thesis and summarize the arguments and points made. Try to end with a strong worded sentence that drives the main points in but also leaves readers with a sense of completion.

After the end of a research paper there is always a Works Cited page, which can make or break the paper. There are several different formats depending on the subject. Always consult a guide and double check on what type of referencing your teacher is looking for. Citing work is just as important as researching. Not only does it help build credibility but it also acts as protection from accusations of plagiarism.

Putting it all Together

The use of careful and credible research, the development of a well-stated thesis followed by justified arguments, and the application of both eloquent style and flawless paragraphs throughout will help create an A+ paper that both student and teacher will be proud of.

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