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Term Paper

A research paper that students write over the course of an academic year and that contributes significantly to their grade is known as a term paper. According to Merriam-Webster, a term paper is "an important written assignment in a school or college course that illustrates a student's progress over the course of a term."  Term papers are frequently used to present an argument or to describe an event or idea. It is a unique piece of writing that is many typed pages long and covers a subject in-depth. After a semester, it is typically anticipated.

There is a significant overlap between the terms research paper and term paper. According to the measurement system used by the school, a term paper was traditionally a written assignment (usually a research paper) that was due at the end of the "term"—either a semester or a quarter. However, not all term papers contain academic research, and not all research papers are term papers.

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