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Research 101: Getting Started

Information on the research process.

Analyze Your Assignment

Before you choose a topic make sure you understand your assignment. Carefully read and analyze the assignment prompt.

  • What is your purpose?
  • Who is your audience?
  • How many and what types of sources do you need?
  • What are the logicistics of the paper
    • Due date
    • Length
    • Citation style

Understanding your assignment will help you select a workable topic and lead to a successful research project.

More information:

Research Process

Picking Your Topic IS Research

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