Doing effective research takes time. In order to maximize the amount of time spent on research, be sure to clarify the paper/assignment with your instructor before embarking on this task. A clear picture of what is required for the final submission is critical before beginning the research process.
Define/Clarify the Topic
In order to make the research process a rewarding and informative experience, the following guidelines are suggested:
There are many sources available to help you choose your topic:
Students are encouraged to do a preliminary assessment of the available resources. Too much information on a topic indicates that the topic is too broad, and needs to be narrowed. Conversely, if there is not enough information available, the topic is too narrow and needs to be broadened. A topic that is too broad or narrow is very frustrating to research.
Formulate a Topic
After a preliminary assessment of the topic has been completed, it is time to formulate the question that needs to be answered or the topic that will be covered in the research paper.
The rest of your paper should be devoted to the explanation of the claim.
Note the deadline of the paper and budget time accordingly. Building in extra time allows for unexpected delays such as obtaining resources on interlibrary loan or visiting other libraries for information.
Consult with Campus Library staff to help you get started.
The following are 2 examples of Assignment Calculators that can help you manage your time effectively.