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How to Conduct Research for a Term Paper Properly: A Quick Guide


When you cook a pie, you are going to follow some general guidelines. All pies will have flour, sugar, eggs, butter, and your other standard ingredients. That what makes your pie a pie. At the same time, your pie is also going to a have personalized touches. Perhaps you like blueberry or strawberry, or maybe your pie is topped with egg wash and coarse sugar. All these pies are delicious, and fundamentally the same. Similarly to pies, term papers can be thought of this way. When looking for research for your term paper there are some general guidelines you can follow every time, these are like the staples ingredients of a pie. We have outlined the staples of conducting proper research for your term paper below.

Scholarly Information


You will mostly importantly need to use only scholarly information and research for your term paper. The term paper is an academic project so questionable sources cannot be relied upon. Using only reputable and scholarly information establishes your term paper’s authority on the topic, and stimulates the persuasiveness of your research. Sources like Wikipedia and other user-based websites are great to explore new topics, but academic databases, scholarly articles, renowned books, and other credible resources should be the only used sources in your term paper.

Multiple Types


In addition to use scholarly sources, you will also want to use a variety of source types. The available sources out there could include charts, graphics, articles, term papers, blogs, theses, documentaries, speeches, interviews and more. Using many kinds of sources makes for more interesting research, reading, and support. Educating your readers with a wide variety of sources will help keep them engaged, and produce a strong argument for your topic.

Content of Research


You will want your research to have both general and specific information. Your research should include sources with general background on your topic, so you are fully informed and you are able to inform your readers. Once you have established the background information, researching specifics on your topic will be better. The specific and detailed sources on your topic will be useful when diving into the body paragraph of your term paper.

With attention to these details you will turn out the best research possible. As long as your term paper utilizes many types of scholarly sources, with both general and specific information.

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