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How To Write Better Term Papers: Free Tips & Samples

Term papers are fairly difficult papers in that you are expected to write a pretty lengthy paper that includes cited sources to prove your points. There are a few ways that you can be successful writing your term paper. This quick reference guide will give you all of the information you need to be successful writing your paper.


  1. Choosing a topic
  2. The first step is to choose a topic. You have to make sure that you choose a topic that is not too broad but broad enough that you can come up with five main points to support your thesis statement. You can write it with three main points but then you will have to make sure that they are solid enough to accommodate the word or resource requirement.

  3. Research
  4. The next step is to conduct some preliminary research to get an idea of what you can write about. You should keep one paper that has all of the resource information on it. The first thing that you will write in your notes when you are starting your research will be the citation information. You can also use index cards to take notes. Put the citation information on the back of the card. This is helpful because you can start putting the quotes and notes into several piles to help you get your ideas organized.

  5. Creating an outline
  6. The outline will be an important part because it will help to make sure that the ideas are presented in a logical manner. It is a very useful resource.

  7. Developing your thesis
  8. Your thesis is the main point of your paper. It is the reason for writing your paper. Once you have your outline filled out, it makes it a lot easier. You can use your main point and the reasons why you believe it to create you thesis.

  9. Proofread and Edit
  10. The editing process is very important when you are writing. You want to make sure that you don’t lose countless points for stupid mistakes. By reading through your paper a few times, you can find some errors and correct them.


A great place to find samples that can be used to get an idea of what is expected of you and what format your paper should be in is in your writing resource lab. There you can find some copies that former students have written. You can ask for an example which you can get information from just by reading through it.