Now, narrow down your topic: Once you’ve chosen a topic, ask yourself if it’s narrow enough for you to tackle in the paper or honors thesis you will be writing. Narrow topics generally result in the best papers. One important consideration is the availability of material. Therefore, before making a final decision on your topic, do some initial research to find out the type, quality, and quantity of information available. Finally, how much time do you have to write your paper? The earlier you begin your paper, the more thorough the treatment your topic will receive. If you can’t begin your paper early in the semester, consider limiting your topic so you can deal with it adequately.
• PART 1 OF THE ASSIGNMENT: PAPER TOPIC PROPOSAL
The formal research paper or honors thesis will provide you with an opportunity to more fully develop the background and implications of one of the topics presented during the semester or explore a related topic not covered. Your paper topic proposal requires research in order to make your proposal as close to your paper topic as possible. I strongly suggest you come to office hours to discuss your topic proposal with me, because I will review all proposals for viability and reject any inappropriate or undoable topics.
The written proposal must include the following 2 things:
1. Your proposed paper topic: This part of the proposal is one sentence. Keep your paper topic narrow (but not so narrow that there are no scholarly sources available on the topic).
2. Why the topic is interesting and important: Address how you will focus the topic. If you choose a topic that is not of interest to you, it will show in your paper. This topic must remain of interest to you for two semesters, so give it some serious consideration. As we cover topics in class, undoubtedly something will come up that you want to learn more about. This would be an ideal paper topic. This part of the assignment requires that you include two to three paragraphs about why this topic is interesting and important. Why should the reader care about Roger Williams’s relationship with the Narragansett Indians? If you simply retell the story of his exile from Massachusetts and what he thought of the Narragansett religious beliefs and practices, that’s a book report, not an honors level research paper. However, if you explore the significance Narragansett religion had on Williams, his writings, and his life, you have the makings of an interesting and important research paper. It would require research pertaining to the role of missionaries in the American colonies, research of the Puritan philosophy and why Williams was banned from Massachusetts Bay Colony, and research of Narragansett beliefs and religious views and how they were impacted by the English and Dutch.
Our guide on how to write a good term paper will definitely help you with your assignment. Give it a chance and follow the steps and you will see how easy term paper writing can be!
Before starting to write, develop an outline and then use that outline to create a rough draft. Write everything the way you want it to be in your term paper and then read it at least three times. This will let you see what parts work and what you need to change. Present evidence and support your thesis statement with different examples and facts. Discuss each piece of evidence in a separate paragraph and complete your paper with a logical conclusion that ties everything together clearly.
Do not miss a day! Make sure you write something related to your term paper every day, even if it is only notes for the title. The best way would be creating special notes to categorize research for each section of your paper. When doing research work and digging in the literature, write some fast notes with the most important ideas. Make sure you cite the source for every sentence you write. It is quite important to write your ideas somewhere close to the notes with information so you can quickly trace the source when you write your paper.
How do you come up with a thesis statement? A thesis is the result of a lengthy thinking process and careful deliberation after preliminary research. Formulating a thesis is not the first thing you do after reading a writing assignment. Before you develop an argument on any topic, you have to collect and organize evidence, look for possible relationships between known facts (such as surprising contrasts or similarities), and think about the significance of these relationships. Once you do this thinking, you will probably have a “working thesis,” a basic main idea, an argument that you think you can support with evidence but that may need adjustment along the way. Your topic may change somewhat as you write, so you may need to revise your thesis statement to reflect exactly what you have discussed in the paper.
Just after you are assigned to write a term paper, itâs time to prepare a schedule. Do not miss a day a day of work! Instead, set a well-organized and proper schedule to ensure you achieve a little bit each day until you have met your goal. Usually students have the time they need to complete their term paper if they structure their time correctly, but have you ever seen a student who starts writing right away? We do not ask you to write the very day you receive your assignment, but we would advise you to make a schedule. Find at least an hour each day for keeping yourself focused! You know when it is the best hours during the day for you to work. Take these into account when creating a schedule. Set milestones for when you plan to finish each part of the paper - the outline, the abstract, introduction, the body, the etc.