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Read your assignment carefully!
When you receive your assignment, the first thing you should do is read it carefully. Make sure that you understand what your professor expects. Try to put the assignment into your own words to ensure that you understand. If you have any questions, ask your professor! This will save you time and stress in the long run.
When is your assignment due? Research is an exploratory process. Give yourself time to refine and finish your assignment!
What types of resources are required?
What resources are you required to use for your assignment? Books, scholarly journals, videos, images, online resources, and/or primary sources? Where can you find these resources? This tutorial is designed to show you how and where to find these resources.
What style/format should you use?
What citation style/format has your professor required for the paper and bibliography (also called works cited or references)? APA, MLA, Chicago? You're going to learn more in step 6.
Tools to help you manage the research process
Start your research by selecting a topic, (if your professor has not assigned one).
The library has resources to help you get background information on different topics.
Once you have selected a topic, you must clearly define the research question.
Here are some Examples:
Who should discipline bullying in professional sports?
What role does affirmative action play in assuring fairness in job hiring?
How is DNA evidence used in court cases to convict or exonerate suspects of violent crimes?
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How did the automobile effect the rapid growth of suburbs?
How will raising the minimum wage to $15 effect employees in Los Angeles?
Will banning whale hunting remove them from the endangered species list?
Remember to keep an open mind while researching and look for gaps in current research areas you can fill.