IT Term Paper Writing Guide
Define the term paper
To write an IT term paper, you need to choose a topic that is something particular within IT that you are keen to explore. It is useful to choose a topic that you have more knowledge about, since it will help you to estimate the personal challenge involved for you from the outset. Chose a topic specific enough to have a clear and coherent direction that is solvable with your resources and constraints, but one that wide enough to relate to existing information you can find.
Substantiate the term paper
Your IT term paper must be strongly supported; in particular assertions you make must be substantiated by your own results or secondary sources with clear references to the basis. Therefore, to write your paper, you will need to undertake substantial research, which you can organize into branches that address components of your paper’s topic. Gaining more depth can get out of control, so a useful guide is to follow references that are listed by your earliest sources. While you are researching, make notes of the valuable information you have gained that you would want to incorporate.
Managing the term paper
Your term paper will be a long undertaking, so create a plan with a timetable of the stages to complete until the paper is written. You should plan the amount of time and resources needed for each stage and identify dependencies between stages that enable or inhibit you from working on them in parallel. Once you have drawn up your plan, you should undertake a risk assessment, identifying the potential pitfalls to completion (such as your work load or failing resources), the severity of failing a component and, where possible, identifying alternative contingencies to remedy or minimize the risk of completing the paper adequately.
Before starting your term paper, write an outline that organizes the concepts and objects that your paper is going to contain, the order of addressing them and relationships between them. The notes you have taken while researching will supply some of the concepts and points that need to be organized. You should aim to organize your concepts and arguments in a logical order, so that your journey to your conclusion is clear and easier to understand. You should have set of main points, problems to address and/or ideas, and sub points, solutions or details that break these down in a top-down approach. The term paper should have a basic structure of introduction, main body (including discussion methods, processes and analysis of results) and conclusion. The introduction should focus on providing background and motivation for the paper, whether it is to answer a research question, provide a system specification, design, and/or implementation. For your main body, focus on what you did, what you found and discuss the problems. In your conclusion, you should summarize the points and relate them to the initial problem or question that the paper set out to address.
Style and language of the term paper
You should analyze your audience in order to guide the style and language of your writing. Identify who the groups of readers are and what background or knowledge they have (generally, you will be set to write for IT specialists and academics).
Write formally, with precise language and, given that your paper will be reporting what you have found and undertaken, it should be consistently expressed in the past tense. Explain any terms, acronyms and jargon particular to your chosen topic and you could even provide a glossary of terms with their explanation. Pay attention to any style constraints and guidelines you are set by your examiner, including maximum and minimum word size. In particular, be meticulous with checking the style of your citations and bibliography to ensure they are complete and conform to the set style. The formatting and layout of your paper affects its readability, so including headings and referring to other sections of your paper can improve this.
Drafting the term paper
Using your outline, you should start drafting your main points and not worry about making it flawless every time you write something as you should plan to make a final draft. The quality and impression of the language is ultimately important, so in your final draft thoroughly eliminate any orthographic and mechanical mistakes, by attentively proofreading it. It’s good to set the paper aside for a day or two before proofreading it with a cleaner view. It would be useful to get a second opinion, so try to find a peer that will review your term paper, proposing to do the same for him/her.
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