How To Bring Novelty Into Your Term Paper

There are many ways to improve the score you receive for your term paper. Having good research, good planning and good writing are all obvious. But if you want to add something extra, to perhaps strike a new angle on your approach to the topic, you can try to bring some novelty into your term paper.

But straight away I should point out that novelty just for the sake of novelty is not a good idea. It will stick out like a sore thumb. The person marking your term paper will see that you are simply trying to garner support by tacking on something novel. So there is a right and wrong way to go about bringing some novelty into your term paper. Here are three tips to help you achieve your goal.

  • slip it in during the introduction
  • don't be explicit and don't use it in the title
  • always support it with solid evidence

The key to adding a novel approach to your term paper is to do so in a subtle way. Think of the new approach, the different approach to the topic you have chosen -- that will be your novel approach -- and then find a way to introduce it without fanfare. This is the key to making the novelty work for you. One of the best ways to do this is to add it subtly in your introduction.

The introduction, as you know, is to state the thesis that you will argue for during your term paper. But rather than adopt the traditional approach, you could approach it from a new angle. As the future is reading your introduction, impressive as it is, naturally they will discover your novel approach to the thesis. It just appears as a natural part of your introduction.

Whatever your novel approach you must not trumpet it. Certainly you will not use your novel approach in the title. This is the genuine and clever way to improve the quality of your term paper. It looks from the topic and from the first part of the introduction to be a traditional and a by the book approach. Then quietly the reader finds themselves discovering something unusual, something novel.

Of course because you found a different angle to the topic and have introduced some novelty into your term paper doesn't remove the fact that you still must support same with solid evidence. The fact that you come up with a clever idea is not sufficient of itself to set your term paper apart from others. The novelty is great but the information in the novel approach must still have rock solid evidence to support it