I've been told by classmates who adopted it that this system is revolutionary. Pick your topic wisely If this is an elective course, pick whatever you want.
But if it's part of your major, try to select something inside your developing wheelhouse. When I took a class on Plato and Aristotle, I did my term paper on their views of justice.
Professors like books, and you should like them too, because (as will soon be evident) they make your research process easier.
At the library, don't spend much time determining whether each reference is perfectly targeted to your paper.
A term paper was originally a written assignment (usually a research based paper) that was due at the end of the "term"—either a semester or quarter, depending on which unit of measure a school used.
However, not all term papers involve academic research, and not all research papers are term papers.
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.
When quoting another author's work, place quotation marks around the words or sentence that you take from that work, and use a footnote, end-note, or in-line citation to give credit to the original source.
Merely changing a few words is not the same as true summarizing, and use of such a minorly-modified passage is still considered plagiarism unless a citation gives credit to the source.