How to Write a Term Paper: Using Flexible Notes
Term papers are an inevitability. Everyone has to do them, most people hate them. They don’t have to be a hardship to do, and there are a few things to do that simplify the whole process. The basic things are to make sure your topic is relevant to your interests, and is a solid platform to base your thesis off of. Taking proper notes while doing your research is another big contributor.
Being flexible in your note taking makes finding varied opinions and information easier in the notes themselves. If you look at various sources, both primary and secondary in nature (Research texts, and other term papers), they give you something to pull various different viewpoints and sources of information to use in your term paper.
These notes provide a basis to writing an outline for the whole paper, as well as providing some basic support for your thesis right away. The thesis is the core of the whole paper; these notes can make it easier to support your claim, while giving different opinions. This keeps your paper interesting and with the flexible notes, you can pull different sources easily and keep your reader informed and hooked into the paper.
All of your sources should be organized in a way that you can identify easily. If you are missing a point to support the thesis, then you need to find a credible source and use it to emphasise your point. Your thesis should be defended properly, and if you have all of your notes organised correctly, then your paper will form very easily.
With the thesis written and the outline finished, the paper can be written. Your flexible notes can form different ideas about how you want to phrase certain points in the paper. Remember when writing the paper to cite your sources; Plagiarism is something to avoid entirely. With all of these varied sources, you need to make sure you cite them correctly.
Flexible note taking is a very useful tool in writing any paper, whether it is a research paper, or a term paper. The way you structure your notes and your research can make the paper very easy, or very hard to do. The preparational work that you do before any paper eases how hard the paper will be a write. Just always remember to cite your sources and give your paper a fighting chance.