So here’s what you need to know to be able to consistently write great term papers:
Always follow the professor’s instructions.
Know the kind of term paper you are supposed to write.
Choose a topic for your paper.
Researching or finding sources for your paper.
Before you start researching make a list of keywords and specific information related to your topic that will later help you better guide your search process and stay organized. This list contains the beginning information you need to look for. Start your research at the university, or any public library where you can find great academic references like textbooks and professional journals. With the development of the online databases you don’t have to actually go there, but you can search for it from your home.
When conducting an online research, it is very important to make sure the sources you are about to use are reputable. The information you usually find on personal websites isn't as reliable as professional websites content, hence they should be avoided. But though you can’t include these personal websites as sources in your paper, you can use them to locate keywords and other reputable sources that you can. Just check their bibliography or references cited lists.
Since you’ll need to include all used sources in your term paper it is recommended to either note the article’s author, title, the web address associated with the source, the date the material was published and retrieved, and the organization or publication title, or to print out the whole source pages and keep all that information at once. The second method is obviously easier, but also safer, because you can’t be certain if some website updates or site maintenance may prevent your professor from accessing them during the source authenticity check.
Organize your term paper.
To easier find grammar and spelling mistakes, as well as word flow problems, you can read your paper out loud and make notes of the errors and information flow problems you encounter, so you can later go back and correct them. Revisions are very important to make sure that nothing will sabotage your hard work, so you better repeat this step several times, until the paper seems reasonably perfected.
When all this is done, you can take out your rubrics sheet and use it as a checklist to make sure your term paper meets the standards outlined by your professor. If you can find a friend to also check the paper before you turn it in, he/she may have additional suggestions for the finals revision to make your term paper a top notch.
Prepare and hand in the paper.
These simple to follow guidelines will help any college student improve his or her academic writing skills and hopefully always get the highest grades.