It's been quite a while since I've written a term paper so my instructor suggested I check out his file of past submissions, to review the literature as it were. It's a good thing I did because I very quickly realized how many of the basics I'd totally forgotten about writing the undergraduate term paper. In case any of you ever find yourselves in a similar position, here are the salient points: 1) The fancier the cover, the more appealing the content. 2) Use very wide margins (top, bottom, and sides) and large type so the paper is easier to read. 3) Say the same thing in different words repeatedly, over and over again, ad infinitum, to stress your point. 4) When in doubt, paraphrase extensively from the textbook. 5) The more quotations used, the less actual writing needs to be done. 6) Do not use page numbers, staples, or paperclips to hold the paper together. If dropped, it should be distinctive enough to fall into proper page order with almost magnetic precision. 7) Make sure to state what you WOULD have done if you had more time, better resources, or a relative in the industry. 8) Throw in at random completely unrelated facts to prove how much research you've done. 9) Whether or not you've used them, add several books to your bibliography so it doesn't look like you only checked the internet for sources. 10) Borrow liberally from other sources but add material to it in your own words to make it more accessible. 11) Do not feel constrained to choose a topic directly related to the class: the instructor will probably appreciate the variety. 12) Using large words incorrectly will add a certain jeunesse croissant. And now it's time for me to get writing. Catch you all later.