Understanding The Term Paper Format: A Manual For Rookies
Types of the paper
A term paper can be of two types
- Scientific report
- Literature review
The format of the paper varies for both kinds. However, generally a standard format is followed. The below given pattern is considered accurate as it includes the whole method and does not lack any point.
This heading comes in the first. It includes the description about the issue. Moreover, it highlights the problem and your concern, what made you write this or simply Purpose of choosing the topic.
Yes, it comes in second place. It includes answers to these questions.
- What is the problem?
- How would you plan a solution?
- What are the already or current findings on the topic?
- What is your thesis statement?
- Answer to following questions is included in this step.
- What was the method of searching or gathering information about the topic?
- How much of your data is valid or authentic?
- How did you organize the entire paper?
- It is where you end your paper. What is your conclusion?
- Convince the reader to agree with your opinion. Include all your questions, your search methods, thesis statement, important points, statistics, and facts.
- Conclusion should have answers to all those questions and problems that are mentioned in the introduction.
- Discussion includes,
- What was your stance or thesis statement?
- What were the most important points, findings, or results?
- Summarize all major points in the last paragraph.
- Is your research helpful for others?
This was the overall format of a paper. Other points that should be considered are mentioned below:
- Draw an outline
- Highlight your own mistakes
- List the important points
- Use different colors to highlight
- Note down the similar information on a same page
- Include main points in end and start
- Thesis statement is the nucleus of your paper
Your paper should have the following parts
- Facts and figures
MLA, APA, or Chicago is the most popular formats.
Other key features include the following
- Prepare your mind to writing
- Avoid distractions
- Follow the instructions
- Revise your draft
- Take help from libraries
- Questions like, can I add my unique opinions if the idea or the topic is new.
- Look online for help (blogs posts, forums and websites)
- Try changing your search question or topic to get results that are more accurate.