What Makes a Solid Term Paper – Advice From a Teacher

A Teacher’s View on What We Want from Our Students

Do you know what a teacher wants to know at the end of the semester or quarter? They want to know that they have given you all the tools necessary to succeed in the next class. They want to know they have taught you how to find the best research to read in order to become a more informed and resistant reader (keep this term in mind—it is important) and that they have taught you writing methods that will help you to write the kinds of more challenging term papers you’ll write in the future. They want to see most of all that you’ve acquired

What Makes a Solid Research Papers and Term Papers

  1. The ability to research from quality sources
  2. The ability to write about your research skillfully and integrate quotes and research
  3. The ability to cite your resources correctly
  4. The ability to organize a paper from the introduction to the conclusion
  5. The ability to showcase your insights and writing talent as well (this comes with practice

Use Quality Source Materials

First, don’t use a bunch of internet sources in any paper for a teacher. Teachers want to know you’re smart enough to take advantage of the great scholarly databases you have at your disposal. One of the quickest ways to become a master of research is to attend one of the library research sessions all academic libraries have. These librarians know their stuff and getting to know your librarians well is one way to ensure yourself winning papers every time—plus, your enthusiasm will be buzzed about around campus (always good for future recommendations and scholarships). In general, use scholarly journals and books from university presses.

Interweave Quotes and Cite Correctly

With all of the help on the Internet today that can assist you in citing in MLA, APA, or any citation style, there are no excuses for mistakes. If you cannot look at a model and imitate it, after all, how bad do you really want an A+?

Also, interweave quotes with skill. The phrases that introduce quotes are called “signal phrases.” Experiment with:
Smith

  • notes that “Quote” (cite).
  • adds that
  • suggests that
  • contends that
  • asserts that
  • argues that, etc..

(never use commas after the word “that” when introducing quotes, either).