Building a draft of your college term paper

Writing a draft for your term paper can help you get a visual idea of what your final paper will look like. This is the planning stage for your paper as you think about a potential topic, what materials you will need, how to organize and structure findings, and polishing content in the end. The following points can help you get started:

  • Know required parts for your term paper and what information it should include. To do this you may want to consider creating an outline. You can have sections written down with notes under each regarding information you need to address such as significant points, facts or statistics, and other related information. Use assignment guidelines to help you.
  • Explaining your thesis statement. This will appear in your introduction paragraph and your term paper will be built around such details. Other details to consider is what else should your introduction paragraph mention. This lets readers know why the paper is written, what the topic is, and additional details on why they should continue reading.
  • What details will appear in the body of the text? This may vary somewhat depending on guidelines for your assignment. Each paragraph should detail one main point or idea. What examples will you include to provide proof or evidence of your claim? How will you transition your ideas from one to the next?
  • For your conclusion how will you summarize your main points? You can restate the thesis statement but be sure to reword it instead of just copying word for word.
  • Review aspects for citing sources if this is an option. While preparing to write your draft this is a good time to review how to properly cite sources. This can save time later on when you start writing. If you fail to properly cite sources you may not get proper credit for your work.
  • When you have completed research you can start writing your draft. During research you should use reputable sources to help you gather material. Your outline can help you organize your findings and you can use it to start writing your draft. Just pay attention to writing your content into sentences and paragraphs. Then go back over it and start polishing your content.
  • Save editing, revising, and proofreading for after you have completed your draft. Your draft will not be perfect until you take time after writing your ideas in orders to get them polished.

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Now that you know the basics of what parts your term paper should consist of, it’ll be much easier for you to compose it properly. Remember that if you have difficulties at any stage of your work, you may approach your instructor and ask them for tips and advice.