Using Internet for Research Paper Writing

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Introduction

Preparing a research paper was previously a task most of the students were afraid of as the job required in depth knowledge about the topic via a thorough study of the literature but what was even more difficult was to find easy to understand yet relevant literature regarding that topic. Nowadays, Internet has made this job really easy, even though still the worth of reference materials obtained from published “hard-copy” is more than information gathered through a source like Internet, but it is the amazing capability and charisma of Internet that has forced these academic journals to issue their online volumes as well, thus making the job even simpler. But even then, data mining from Internet sources can be very challenging at times because of the random distribution of information on the Internet

Synopsis

The difference between a term paper and a research paper needs to be understood properly. Where a term paper asks for assimilation of the literature available regarding any subject, its review and evaluation in one’s own words; a research paper needs generation of new data or hypotheses. The first and most basic step is to choose any topic on which research can be conducted. This topic need not be very broad in scope so that the process of drawing conclusions from the research does not depend on too many variables and constraints. This paper needs to convey something which is still not general knowledge that people already knows. The restrictions imposed by textbooks are generally difficult too follow in research but an adequate adherence to the basic fabric of research methodology needs to be kept all time.

As this paper is a research based project therefore too liberal use of pre-existing knowledge is not advisable, but in some instances scholarly sources can be quoted with proper citations.

The method of research over internet has been made difficult by the volume of information available on the Internet and random storage of information has made information retrieval different from a library research using a card catalog. A search engine works as an internet catalog card and by providing keywords a user can locate information, similar to searching the book name or author name in library catalog. The accumulation of data on most educational websites has forced them to include searchable indexes on their websites as well, thus saving time by allowing one to search every occurrence of any specific word or phrase at that site.

A lack of a standard for information quality is one reason why instructors still advice against too much reliance on Internet. But services like Wikipedia which allow its users to add, delete or edit the contents, thus propagating a picture which may get at times out of sync with the reality has played a huge role in this premonition. The peer review system used by printed journals is gaining popularity on Internet as well. In peer-reviews an article or piece of information is sent to external reviewers mostly experts in that area before printing, and after their approval of manuscript and establishing a general consensus over the standard and quality of work it got published. Most of the information obtained through Internet is not peer-reviewed. This gives a probability of unintentional inclusion of information which is plagiarized, has flaws of facts and/or interpretation, some sort of prejudice in opinions or do not have the deep and thorough analytical testing of the peer-reviewed literature. Similarly, temporal nature of information available on Internet asks for date of access of information with the citation.

But Internet offers many more benefits to research than its few drawbacks (which will be hopefully taken care of in due course of time). The first of all abundance of information without moving away from the chair one may receive in front of one’s eyes is really amazing. Couple it with the solutions of problems like selection of research topic, the currency of data and the information about the most distinguished workers in any field of study and Internet becomes the most powerful tool of research in modern times.

Conclusion

One of the drawbacks of Internet is that it can lure the user to perform misdeeds like cutting and pasting a sentence or paragraph from someone else’s work. This cheating from another source is termed as plagiarism, which is an intellectual dishonesty which in the professional world is treated just like stealing, lying and cheating. Plagiarism from Internet is very easy but catching plagiarized work sentence to sentence source to source has become even easier and instructors can, by using specially developed software, can catch it, therefore, it should be avoided.

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Difference Between an Essay and a Term Paper

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A student may be exposed to various kinds of writing while studying different arts and humanities subjects. These could include project reports, case studies or diaries. However, essay remains the most common form of writing in arts and humanities. A Term Paper is a piece of writing, which requires demonstration of a more abstract, critical and thoughtful level of inquiry. Students are expected to write Term Papers usually at the college or university level, to judge their writing and analytical skills.

The word essay originally meant to attempt, but now it is commonly referred to as a short piece of writing on a particular subject. The piece of writing should be able to stand-alone and make sense by addressing certain issues, which could range from literary criticism to political manifestos and observations of daily life. Essays are usually shorter in length but they should be well organized and put together an argument that leads the reader to a conclusion. An essay typically composes of more than three paragraphs. The first paragraph gives a brief introduction of the topic, which is then followed by two or three paragraphs, which try to prove an argument. A concluding paragraph at the end summarizes the findings of the essay.

In order to write a Term Paper, a writer must familiarize himself with the works of experts and other well-published authors in the respective field. These published works can be accessed on the Internet, libraries, and scholarly journals or through personal interviews. This will help in building on a person’s knowledge about the subject and serve as a baseline for comparing his ideas with these published sources (Term Papers_ What is a Term Paper).

Writing essays is an important part of studying because it depends the learning of a subject being studied. A person will learn to put forth new ideas and argue a case. Essays can also help in refining an individual’s thinking and writing skill. Preparing a good essay requires skills that highlight the analytical and critical thinking abilities of a writer. A good essay should be sharp in focus and answer the question or main topic. All relevant parts of the course need to be grasped so that a logical, fair and coherent argument is presented to the reader. The essay should be written in an objective and analytical way, with appropriate use of illustration and evidence to substantiate the claims.

A Term Paper needs to provide relevant information, facts and figures supported by the works of these expert figures. A writer must also incorporate his own critical thinking, insights and ideas into the paper; these are often backed by the findings of some research conducted earlier.

There are many different types of essays. Academic essays challenge the intellectual capabilities of students and their ability to organize thoughts. They may include a literature review, which summarizes the research conducted earlier. All academic essays need to be supported by substantial facts and citations of the references, to help in the evaluation of arguments. A writer puts his thoughts on a paper in an essay. The writer needs to consider the subject and determine the purpose of writing. Thought should also be given to the audience before deciding on specific examples. The essay should be a well-organized and coherent piece of writing supported by appropriate facts and examples.

A descriptive essay should provide greater sensory details to touch the emotional, physical and intellectual senses of a reader (English Works!_ Essays). The writer must make use of tools such as denotative language, connotative language, figurative language, metaphor, and simile to create a strong impact. In a philosophical essay, the writer makes a thesis statement and present arguments and counterarguments to reach an open-minded conclusion. Other type of essays gaining popularity relate to visual arts, music and films.

A Term Paper may also assume certain kinds. An analytical paper requires a comprehensive understanding of a topic by researching it thoroughly. All existing information needs to be critically analyzed and evaluated. After this analysis, a writer must be able to restructure and present the topic from his own perspective. It is important not to reach any conclusions when doing the research. An argumentative or persuasive type of paper requires the person to take a stand on a particular topic, and support it with appropriate examples and evidence. The attempt is to convince the reader of writer’s point of view. The person is not trying to explore a research question but presenting his point of view. A person may present his insights, critical evaluations and other beliefs at the end of the paper to draw conclusions

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