1. Getting Started
First Things First - Assignment Requirements
Before you begin work on any research project, examine the assignment closely for any requirements.
Q. How long is the presentation?
This could be a slide length, time, etc.
Q. How many sources? What kind of sources?
How many total sources does your instructor ask for? Does your instructor specify certain types of sources? Are there other requirements such as how current/old the sources can be, or where the source should come from - the library, a database, a book/ebook, a peer-reviewed journals, etc.
Q. How do you cite sources?
Most instructors will ask you to use MLA format for your citations, but double-check to make sure. You may want to remind yourself what information you need to create the MLA Works Cited page and in-text citations.
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 about what to include in the presentation? Make note of any other requirements on the assignment sheet, and ask your instructor for clarification on any parts you're not sure about.