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Term paper ideas: how to be original

Many people have heard the age-old adage that no idea is ever truly original. But, when you are faced with the task of creating an original topic for term paper, there is always the chance that you will find that one unique idea that has never been touched. There are three key points that you can use to help write a more unique paper that will stand out from all of the others.

Think Small, Not Big

While sitting down and mustering over a topic, it is easy to think of a vague topic to start from, but you really want to narrow it down. If you are seeking to cover the War of 1812 for example, you may be daunted by the amount of information that is available for your research. However, if you start breaking the topic down smaller and smaller, your concept becomes more focused and the topic will become more interesting and unlike all the rest. Say you want to cover the Embargo Act prior to the war- focus it down to why that tactic was chosen, who chose it, and why- or even just one of those examples. If you think small, your topic will be more original.

Don’t Use Search Engines

If it is on a search engine, it is not original. So, don’t use a topic that you see spring up. Take a moment to ponder. One thought may lead to another and another, and before you know it, while you are in the shower you may be blasted with the perfect idea. Don’t be discouraged if you can’t find the answer to your thesis question when you search it on the Internet, it may be something SO unique that it can’t be recognized. Take what you see that is existing and find a unique angle on it.

Don’t Wait Until the Last Minute

A great term paper idea needs time to cultivate. If you try and rush the thought process, you may end up with a whole lot of disappointment. Find an angle that interests you and that you are passionate about. It will make the writing process a lot easier and the probability of finding an extraordinary thesis will be much greater.

Finding an original term paper topic can be tricky, but if you think small, don’t wait until the last minute and you don’t use a search engine topic, you are more likely to come up with a unique perspective or idea that no one has previously. Take some time to chew on it, and you may discover a gold mine!