1. Components of Term Paper
  1. Guidelines for Preliminaries
  1. Guidelines for Text
  1. Guidelines for Reference Materials (English)
  1. Guidelines for Reference Materials (Chinese)
  1. Further Readings
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Guidelines for Term Paper Writing: Elements and documentation

  3. Guidelines for Text  

3.1. Introduction

An introduction should be an interesting opening to show the main theme and specific topics of your paper. An introduction usually forms through:

  1. a concise and complete statement of your research question or the general purpose of your term paper.
  2. a justification for your study (the significance)
  3. a background to your research question and a review of the relevant literatures on it (literature review)
  4. a brief statement of the sources of data, the procedure or methods of analysis (methodology)
  5. a preview of the organization of the paper

 3.2. Main Body (Chapters or Sections)

Since the topics of term papers are so diverse, it is impossible to give specific indications of how to write the main body of a term paper. But, the general rule is that you must organize your presentation in a logical framework with a clear conceptual linkage among sections and give every point with substantial support from concrete source.

 3.3. Conclusion

A conclusion should provide a firm ending of what you have discussed in the paper and, preferably, further to reach a judgment, to endorse one side of an issue, or to offer directives. A good conclusion usually contains:

  1. a recapitulation of the main findings or main themes
  2. statements about the specific values or alternative insights of your paper for understanding the subject matter
  3. indications of the important relevance to the current circumstance or future possibility
  4. suggestions for policy in points to your findings
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