The research paper planner will provide you with resources and helpful tips to guide you through the steps of the research and writing process. To start, simply enter the dates that you plan to work on your paper.
The SLS Writing Help Centre, located in room 142 of the Murray Library, offers free, one-on-one instruction in academic writing, online and in person. They also offer short writing workshops on topics such as punctuation, essay structure, documentation, and graduate writing.
Start Your Research by Developing Your Topic
Get started as early as possible. Don't wait until the last minute. Never underestimate how time-consuming research can be.
The Assignment Planner is a really useful source that divides the writing process into scheduled sections and has helpful tips and links for each section.
Understand the assignment. Make sure that you read your instructions thoroughly and carefully. Don't make assumptions. If you have any questions, concerns, or problems, talk with your instructor.
A tool to help you organize your ideas by the University of Virginia Library.
Deciphering Your Assignment
The following video created by CLIP and hosted by Lane Community College explains the first steps you should take before starting your research. It is designed to help undergraduate students deconstruct an assignment into its basic parts and identify appropriate sources to complete it successfully.