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How to Compose an A+ English Term Paper

As with any paper, always make sure of the style the instructor wants it written in. In most cases it is likely to be MLA, but this is not a locked point. The instructor could for many reasons choose a different style. The second point is to make sure of the subject, as the subject will give what topics can be used. Always check all instructions before starting.

  1. Formatting
  2. Three parts; Introduction, Body, Conclusion
  3. References
  4. Topic ideas


When starting the paper, always check how the formatting is to be done. By this it means margins, headers, footers, and indentations. Not all styles want all four sides to have margins, some like APA have only three sides. Also the width of the margins can vary. Does the style want to page number in the header, or footer? This will be important. Most styles want it in the header flushed right, but not all do. Read through the handbook for that style and make sure the formatting is correct.

Three Parts

Always make sure there are three parts to the paper, actually four, as the reference section is a part as well. But the introduction must lay out the problem, and outline what the paper is to be about. The body needs to cover as much of the aspect as possible in the size of the paper. The conclusion needs to tie off all unfinished points, and close the paper solidly.

All parts need to be clear and concise. Use subheads through the paper to separate the different points and sections. Lists ad charts are also important as they are needed.


Provide proper citation of references, and tie them properly to the references. Again, refer to the style handbook for the correct method of citations and referencing. Be sure to use correct referencing for books, journals, and websites. These are often referenced differently, web resources are always done differently.

Topic Ideas

Topics can always be a challenge, so here are a few ideas that might help.

  • Book report; showing how worthwhile a book is on a subject can be just as valuable as the actual subject. Check with the instructor.
  • Ethnolinguistic; great for history and anthropology students.
  • Biography.
  • Dialectology; Great for language, history, sociology, and anthropology students.
  • Etymology; great for Language, history, and anthropology students.
  • Movie reviews.
  • Humorous; a funny story or a comical review of the instructor or class.

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