What is Term-Paper? Fundamental Elements of Term Paper.

Are you a college student? If you are, then you have definitely heard the term "Term Paper". It is a compulsory activity in many colleges, along with my College. And it is compulsory because it affects our GP(General Proficiency) marks.

So today's article is about Term Paper. I will also write Purpose of writing a Term Paper, Things to Remember and Fundamental Elements of Term Paper.

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What is Term-Paper:

According to Wikipedia, "A term paper is a research paper written by students over an academic term, accounting for a large part of a grade."

In simple words, Term Paper is an assignment which is given to students (basically to College Students).
Students have to do a research on the chosen topic and present on that paper, which is named as "Term Paper".



It can also be understood as a part of the Thesis.
A thesis is written by those who are doing Ph.D.

As per the guidelines, Term Paper should be written by students after doing proper research, collecting Statistics and data about the topic, and should not be copied directly from any source.

But most of the students don't do that. They write Term Paper just a night before the submission. And that is copied from other person's Term Paper.

You can read the real-life example as the definition of Term Paper in Urban Dictionary.

Anyways, I am sharing the Purpose, Things to remember, and Fundamental elements of Term Paper here, which I got in an email from my College, which meant to highlight the importance of writing the Term Paper.

Purpose of Writing a Term Paper:

  1. By writing a paper, you will develop an in-depth knowledge of a particular area of a topic from your chosen stream.
  2. It shall enhance your writing skills.
  3. Writing a paper at the Graduation level will provide you with the necessary
    information and experience that is required for writing a thesis or dissertation at a later stage, maybe while pursuing higher studies.
  4. Going through different research books and journals will help you get familiar with the topic.
  5. A written paper gives you an opportunity to evaluate and analyze the data.
  6. While your classroom oral reports may be informational and descriptive, a written paper gives you an opportunity to evaluate and analyze, relate one thing to another, and probe more deeply into reasons and connections.
  7. The paper must have a focus, made clearly apparent to the reader early in the paper and consistently followed throughout.


Things to keep in Mind while writing a Term Paper:

  • One's own interest: Is the topic really of my interest?
  • Consequences: What are the benefits or how significant are they for Society?
  • Content: Don’t write anything that you don’t understand. Understand the Pros and cons of the topic chosen.
  • Sort & organize: Focus on the topic and sort your data accordingly.
  • No Plagiarism: Be yourself. Do not copy or paste the content.
  • Be original: Put your own thoughts on the topic.
  • Citations & References: While copying a citation from a source, set it in quotes. Consult reference books and journals. Read other people’s comments and opinions on the topic. This will help you in formulating your own ideas about the topic.
  • Choose your topic: Choose a topic that interests you because this will make it easier to write.
  • Understand the background of the topic: Do some homework on important keywords so that your paper is completed within the given word limit constraints. Start setting up the content in an organized manner in your own words.


Fundamental Elements of the Term Paper:

The term paper should include the following:
  • Abstract: Briefly describe the significance of the topic.
  • Introduction: Introduce your topic. Define, describe and mention the objectives of the topic.
  • Background information: Explain the past and present researches held on the topic.
  • Explanation: Explain the theory behind the data.
  • Examine: Analyze the consequences.
  • Conclusion: Evaluate and formulate a conclusion or summary. Summarize the whole material.

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Conclusion:

Term Paper is like a small thesis. A small research work which is given to students in college each semester.

Writing a Term Paper will develop some productive qualities in you like, research, presentation, the way of writing etc.

Writing a paper at the Graduation level will provide you with the necessary


information and experience that is required for writing a thesis or dissertation at a later stage, maybe while pursuing higher studies.

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