The first step to successful research is planning. Read your assignment carefully and ask yourself:
- What is the purpose of the assignment? (e.g., to write a paper or create a presentation)
- Do I pick my own topic? Does it need approval?
- How long does the paper or presentation need to be?
- How many sources do I need to use?
- What type of sources? (primary vs. secondary; articles vs. books)
- What is the citation style?
- How long do I have to work on the assignment?