Writing a Conclusion: Using Term Paper Examples Is a Good Idea

The skill of crafting powerful term paper conclusions only comes with practice… or by studying examples. Learn how to use term paper examples to develop a strong conclusion.

Do a quick test for a conclusion’s quality.

When you discover a term paper example, jump to its conclusion right away. Do not read any preceding sections. Only read the conclusion and ask yourself two questions: do you understand what the paper was about? Why is this subject important? If you can easily answer both, this paper’s conclusion is a good one.

Analyze the structure.

A term paper conclusion should contain restatements of both the research topic and the thesis statement, along with a brief summary of the main points. Look at a sample paper’s topic. Find its restatement in the conclusion and underline it. Next, do the same for the thesis statement (it is usually found at the end of the first paragraph of a paper’s introduction). Finally, look at the titles of the paper’s main sections and find out whether these points are mentioned in the conclusion.

Identify the call-to-action.

Read the conclusion once again to determine what the author wants his or her readers to do. Does the writer call for further research in this field or to action? Are you convinced that it is important? Analyze how the author achieves this effect.

Cross-compare several conclusions.

Pick several term paper examples on related topics. Compare their conclusions side by side. Which of them do you find to be the strongest? Why? What drawbacks can you see in other conclusions (e. g. either having overly complicated language or being too dry and “wooden”)?

Look for trends.

Make a list of popular conclusion writing techniques, such as closing with logic, using an emotional appeal, or linking back to the introduction (“bringing things full circle”). Look for evidence of these techniques in your sample paper conclusions. Determine which are used most often. Stick to one of these if you want to craft a fail-safe conclusion.

Practice conclusion writing.

Pick the sample conclusion with a structure you like. Think of how you could write your own conclusion in a similar way. Put your own topic, re-phrased thesis statement, and main points into this structure. Does it read well and naturally? How can it be improved? Next, take another paper’s conclusion as your example. Every term paper is unique; try different structures to find out what works best for you.

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