A term paper or a research paper can be simply defined as an extract of a student’s knowledge based on what he’s been taught over a semester, a session or even a program at the school. This term paper is not a simple text paper; it requires thorough learning and detailed explanations with strong proofs, scripted in an organised manner with complete headings, facts and references.
What does a term paper look like?
A term paper mainly comprises of the major parts: the introduction, the body, and the conclusion. There are several subheadings too, depending on the nature of the topics, which needs more clarifications, pros and cons discussed well. The length of the research paper is framed according to the nature of the topic but mainly based on the requirements of the task. As with every research, some topics could be endless; whereas some could be well explained in 5 sheets. So, it’s important to know the guidelines.
The references – books, journal articles – are a serious necessity, from which you will get most of the content regarding the topics and so need to be mentioned at the end of the research paper. The complexity should not be the hurdle. No matter how tough your topic is, you should always focus on the simplicity and comprehensibility of your work. Seek expert guidance and of course your professors. The best topic is one you like most. This way you will prepare the term paper better with good explanations.
Parts of a term paper
Beginning with the Cover page on top, that mainly comprises your name, subject, deadlines and teacher’s name on it. Then comes the Abstract, as its name suggests, the abstract is a precise summary of your whole term paper. It is short, simple and conceiving. Mainly it is the paragraph that withholds the reader’s attention to proceed further.
Then comes the introduction, which needs to be catchy, expressive and yet meaningful. A good introduction always leads to the readership. The introduction cannot be written as a story; it is where the reader gets an idea about the term paper’s purpose. So the introduction mainly has the strong reason of what term paper is all about and the approach (s) the writer is taking to address the issue.
The body is wholesome, detailed and contains deep explanations. Making it as simple as possible. It’s the organized part of the term paper which mainly consists of the facts and research that surround the topic, making it better for the reader to get the fair idea about what the term paper is all about. It is the part that develops the argument in a sequential and yet comprehensible manner.
Last but not the least is the conclusion, the endpoint where the reader can get why you chose the topic and what is your perception of the topic. The good or bad and how the issue can be resolved. The endpoint or the result should be interlinked to that of your introduction. What was the idea at the beginning the topic and what have you found as a result should be mentioned in the end.