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Term Paper Research and Writing Guidelines. De Anza College. Recommended Time Frame. Week 1: Choose a topic, paper proposal Week 2 - 5: Read and take notes Week 6a: Develop a paper outline Week 6b: Write paper. Step 1: Paper Topic Proposal. Spend 1 week to narrow down a topic

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recommended time frame
Recommended Time Frame
  • Week 1: Choose a topic, paper proposal
  • Week 2 - 5: Read and take notes
  • Week 6a: Develop a paper outline
  • Week 6b: Write paper
step 1 paper topic proposal
Step 1: Paper Topic Proposal
  • Spend 1 week to narrow down a topic
  • Develop a paper topic proposal
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Step 1: Paper Topic Proposal
  • What to have on your proposal
    • State your thesis
      • Your thesis is your argument
    • Provide a working bibliography
      • List the journal articles and books that you intend on reading.
step 2 reading and note taking
Step 2: Reading and Note taking
  • Spend 2 – 4 weeks reading all of your sources
  • Take notes
    • Take notes while reading or after the completion of all readings
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Step 2: Reading and Note taking
  • How to take notes
    • Type up all your notes in outline form
    • Rule of thumb
      • If you want to write an 8-page paper, you should have 8 pages of notes.
      • If you want to write a 10-page paper, you should have 10 pages of notes.
step 3 create paper outline
Step 3: Create Paper Outline
  • Before you start writing your paper, create a paper outline.
  • The outline should be 1 – 2 pages long
  • If you want to do well, show me the outline at least 1 week before the paper is due
step 3 paper outline continued
Step 3: Paper Outline, continued
  • Paper Outline Structure
    • I. Introduction
    • II. Body
    • III. Conclusion
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Step 3: Paper Outline, continued
  • II. Body
    • A. Arguments in favor of the Thesis
      • 1. Author 1
      • 2. Author 2
    • B. Arguments in favor of the Anti-thesis
      • 1. Author 1
      • 2. Author 2
    • C. Your own opinion
step 4 writing the paper
Step 4: Writing the Paper
  • Refer to your typed notes while writing your paper
  • Type your paper using single-spacing, then double space at the end to make it appear less overwhelming
  • Use subheadings to organize your paper
  • Use MLA style footnotes to reference your sources
  • Show me a rough draft if you want to do well
finding journal articles
Finding Journal Articles
  • Two books and two journal articles required for term paper
  • Finding journal articles
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