Before beginning your assignment, it is important to create a research plan. This will help you organize your thoughts and create the most successful project outcome. Pre-research will help you determine what important questions you would like to answer through your research – leading you to a topic. Knowing your topic will help you create keywords to search in order to find reliable information for your project. The information below will help guide you through the process of research planning:
To gather information on your topic, it is important to know where to look. To get a feel for your topic, feel free to start with a simple Google search. This can help you understand the topic better before you start your research. Though Google can be great for this pre-research into your topic, it does not always contain the most reliable information. Use Google and Wikipedia to find keywords that will help your in-depth searches later in the research process. The resources below are to help you, the writer, get a better understanding of the topic you are working with:
You will want to look for reliable information to use in your project. Following the steps of the CRAAP test will help you determine what is appropriate for your academic papers and assignments.
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Once you have chosen a topic and completed your research, you can start to put the pieces of your assignment together. Most likely, this is in the form or a paper or project. Using research and critical thinking skills, you will combine the information you have gathered to answer the question or problem you have posed. The information below will help guide this process: