Although a lot of students take Jeffrey's "I'll deal with it later" approach to writing papers, it's actually better for your stress levels — not to mention grades — to start working on a paper as soon as you find out about it.
With some planning and time, anyone can turn a blank document on a computer screen into a good paper. But putting together a strong paper really just involves a combination of things you already know how to do.
Sources can be cited in different ways — such as endnotes, footnotes, or a bibliography.
Each teacher has different preferences so ask yours for guidance.
Jeffrey's history teacher assigned a term paper at the beginning of the semester.
Most of the class groaned, but they didn't seem too worried.When doing online research, avoid people's personal pages — it's impossible to tell if the person is an expert or just sounding off.It's best to focus your research on government sites (their domain names end in .gov), non-profit organizations (they usually end in .org), and educational sites (.edu).Even if you've read countless books, websites, and journals, and have all your notes prepared, it's normal to struggle with exactly how to get started on the actual writing. And you can always revise the actual writing later — the important thing is getting your ideas down on paper.(You may have learned this approach in elementary school as writing a "web.") After your ideas are on paper, you can start outlining them.Not Jeffrey, though: The thought of having to write a paper made him really anxious.Because he didn't know where to begin, he put off thinking about the assignment until closer to the due date.Citing sources is important because it can help you avoid something called plagiarism.Plagiarism is using someone else's ideas or words without giving that person proper credit for creating them.Some people like to think of their first writing attempt as a "first draft," taking the pressure off of themselves to write every sentence and line perfectly.Another good tip for getting started is to write down your ideas like you're telling your parent, brother, or sister about them.