How To Correctly Compose Acknowledgments For A College Term Paper


You’ve spent a lot of time writing your paper and now it’s come to that last hurdle where you need to say thank you to anyone and everyone who has helped you in your research. There are a number of ways you can write these and the best guidelines to follow are your professors however sometimes these are not clear so below are some top tips on how to write high quality acknowledgments for your college term paper.


Top tips for correctly writing acknowledgments for your college term paper


  • Look at other people’s acknowledgments. Having a look at past papers acknowledgments is not cheating if you are just looking into getting started. No acknowledgments will be the same so have a look at what other people have done and follow their structure or develop your own with their guidelines.

  • Create the list of people you want to thank. Write down every single name that has come to help you while writing your paper and sort them from most influential to least influential. Start by writing a thank you to the ones who helped you the most such as your tutor, supervisor or any staff member who was directly involved in your research. Then, you can say your thanks to everyone else (put the secondary list in alphabetical order).

  • Make acknowledgments to anyone who helped you financially. Always thank people, who have given you money, this could be sponsorship or payments towards a specific type of research you undertook. It doesn’t matter if it is $1 or $1000!

  • Save your personal messages until the end. Don’t get too personal; proposing to someone, saying sorry to a person you did something wrong to or anything else of this sort should be kept well away from any of your academic work AT ALL TIMES.

  • Last but not least, keep it short, sweet and straight to the point. Your acknowledgments need to be as professional as the essay itself. Make sure you say thank you to everyone but don’t make it too personal and keep it short.

Test it with your peers or educators


Always test your product! Check with your peers and your supervisor or professor whether it sounds and looks right. Make a draft and ask for people’s honest opinions, after all two minds are better than one, and you wouldn’t want the amount of research you have done go to waste because other sections of your paper aren’t as perfect as the main body.