Saturday, October 1, 2011
World Wide Web and Term Papers
Last week, my cousins asked me if they could do some research works in our house for their term paper. I told them there's no problem with me as long as it is for their studies. We really don't have a lot of research materials like books but we do have an internet and its web of limitless information... How lucky can they get considering that they can even have term papers for free.
Back then, in my high school days, when we had term papers especially in our English subject, we were bound to do our research work in our library and worse, if we couldn't find our topic there, we had to go to our city library. You just can imagine the hassle we've been through back in those days. We had computers in those times but we just used it for its program (specifically the "MS Word") and the internet wasn't that accessible nor was it widely used yet, unlike today.
Even during my college years, when we were doing our feasibility studies in my course, the internet could had been a great help... with just a few clicks and the right keywords to the browser, information would come rushing on your screen without any sweat.
The only challenge nowadays is how to consolidate the needed information and transform it to an excellent term paper. Well, you can still find the needed help if you go to the right websites but they too can only do so much... your work still depends on how you use this information to come up with an original piece of work you can actually explain and defend to your professor.
But be it then or now, I guess the real aim of term papers or any homework for that matter, besides having good grades is to develop your resourcefulness in finding information about the topic being provided and what matters most is you learned something from doing it. Yahweh bless.