Sample Format of Term Paper
A term paper is an academic assignment, which is supposed to be written during a term and is responsible for at least 20% of the mark the student finally gets. In a term paper the student researches at length some subject (event, notion, point of view), related to the work done within the academic term. Generally, it is several typed pages, organized in conformity with strict format, which is of no less concern for the one who writes it, than the paper’s actual contents. A term paper is rather close in meaning to a research paper, but these words are not exactly interchangeable.
The title page should represent the paper’s title, your name, the name of your tutor, the course’s title and the date of completion in the centre of the page, each entry on a separate line. It is followed by the table of contents, enumerating all the segments of the paper.
Abstract (or summary) is a rather short (less than a page) outline of what the paper is about, what its main issue is, why it deserves attention and what have you found out in its concern.
Introduction describes the problem in question in a more elaborate manner, represents the review of opinions on it, popular in modern thought, explains why it is important and what your suggestions are.
Methods section is dedicated to the techniques you used looking for data and processing it, as well as your ideas concerning the relevance of information you’ve collected.
Results chapter once again dwells on what you have found out during your research and tells whether they may serve as answers for the questions you’ve raised in the introduction.
And, finally, discussion elaborates what your results actually mean, what conclusions can be drawn from them and how are they perceived in a broader context.