Even if you cannot preview the results online, you will get the page number, which you can use to check that quote in your hard copy instead of scanning the whole book. Use Google again Use Google to do the same thing with any books or articles not available to "look inside" on Amazon. If that fails, try adding "PDF" to your search of the work's title. Check the index For any books or articles with no good results in any online search, use the index.
Again, the central goal here is to avoid wasting time reading irrelevant stuff. Create a sources document Whenever you find a relevant passage in a book, mark it in your physical copy with a Post-it note.
Read the surrounding paragraphs to see if they have other valuable information.
When you find all the useful parts of a book, type (or copy from online) each relevant fact or excerpt in a single Word document.
Put in your footnotes as you go and sort your quotes into topical categories. Sort your sources Your research document has all your footnoted quotes and facts sorted by topic.
When you've done this for all your sources, you will have a file with every quote and fact you need to reference in your paper. Make an outline Take the assignment you were given and the knowledge you've picked up during your research and create a comprehensive outline of your paper. Your outline should be at least a page long for every eight double-spaced pages you plan to write. Now, take those items and drop them into the relevant portions of your outline. Every time you need a quote or reference, it will already be at hand with a pre-made citation. For total time, from research to final edits, anticipate about one hour (two on the far outside) per double-spaced page for A-level work.
So, for example, one paper I wrote was about Justin Martyr, an early theologian, and inclusivism, a doctrine about who gets into heaven. Fire up Amazon Assuming you have secondary sources (basically any other book), search for them on Amazon.
I googled "Justin Martyr inclusivism" and was immediately presented with blog posts directing me to relevant portions of his work — even though he never used the word "inclusivism" — as well as online versions of his writings where I could copy and paste potentially useful text instead of having to transcribe it. Many will let you "look inside." Use the search function to find mentions of terms key to your topic.
It is used by examiners and instructors to estimate how well a student has understood, researched, and incorporated the set material and activities associated with the course.
How an instructor or lecturer determines what is meant by a term paper is usually their choice, since the expression is a loose one that may or may not involve extensive research, and may or may not cover all the work in a semester or ‘term.’ Depending on the subject being studied, students can choose excellent topics on which to base a term paper to demonstrate how well they have understood the work or research covered during the term.