Before you begin work on any research paper, examine the assignment closely for any requirements.
Q. How long is the paper?
Your paper should be 4-5 pages, minimum.
Q. How many sources?
The assignment calls for 4-5 sources; only 2 of these can be from the internet.
Q. What kind of sources?
Sources can come from database articles from the Library's databases, print books or e-books. Internet sources should be from credible, reputable sites (.org, .edu, .gov OR another valid source).
Q. How do you cite sources?
Q. What is due?
Is this just a paper? Is there also an Annotated Bibliography due? Are there other pieces like a rough draft, outline, summary, reading response, a tutorial, etc.? Make note of all the parts of the assignment and create a checklist to make sure you don't leave anything out.
Q. When is it due?
How long do you have to work on this paper or project? Is there one due date for everything or are there multiple due dates for different parts of the assignment? Plan out your time, so you don't get stuck doing all the work at the last minute. Plan extra time in case you have problems or get stuck.
Q. What other requirements should you make note of?
Are there requirements to include a certain number of quotes or paraphrases? Do you need to have a certain number of paragraphs? Make note of any other requirements on the assignment sheet, and ask your instructor for clarification on any parts you're not sure about.