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What do you need to do next?
|Task: I need to...
||Consult Teacher's content in Blackboard and in Class.
||Ask questions to clarify.
||Understand - before wasting time on the wrong thing.
|Plan when to do it.
||Create project time line: Schedule time to do research and write, plus buffer. See: Time Management.
||Re-schedule as needed.
||Aim for YOUR deadline that is earlier than teacher deadline.
|Define my topic.
||Try to do something that matters to you, that applies to the career you are pursuing. See: Find a Topic .
||Try to describe your topic in a sentence. See: More Research Help.
||Narrow the topic with more terms, or broaden topic with synonym search.
|Find sources of information.
||Go to Library Resources and use Search Everything box, or Program Guides or search Individual Databases . See: Library Resources.
||Adjust search strategy to get the most relevant information. Ask a Librarian for help if you get too many or too few results. See: Contact Us.
||You should get information from a variety of sources to validate information and decrease bias. See: Finding the Bias. Keep track of source citation information from the beginning! See: Citing Sources.
|Evaluate and choose sources.
||Easiest: Peer-reviewed, from Library databases.
||Other sources - Does it meet a CRAP test? See: Evaluating Sources.
||If you have doubts , ask your Teacher, or a Librarian. See: Contact Us.
||Articles, books, videos, interviews, images, etc. can all be used - and must all be cited. See: Citing Sources.
||Update project timeline. Did you collect enough sources to meet your assignment goal? See: More Research Help if needed.
||Pick out the best articles to support your outline points. See: Evaluating Sources and Writing Help.
||Make sure every quote, paraphrase, idea, image, etc, that you have not created is cited. See: Plagiarism.
||Use only one citation style per project. AMA and APA are the most common. See Writing Help and Citing Sources.
||Ask your teacher if you can use the "cite suggestion" feature in the Library Databases , or if you need to edit to match a particular style manual edition.
|Write & Edit
||Edit for one thing at a time. Read it out loud. Read your paper backwards. See: Proofreading.
||Get help from "The Write Way" program in the Appleton Student Success Center, second floor. See: Blackboard [Student] tab.
||See: Writing Help and Teaching Learning Center.
This Help Guide will walk you through each stage of the research process.
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