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Library Research Tutorial for AU Scholars: 1a) Plan

Analyze Your Assignment

Before you write your paper--before you write your research question (RQ)--you need a plan. The first step should always be to read your assignment. Understanding the guidelines / requirements will help you to write a better RQ; save time finding sources; and will help you to organize and format your paper.

Figure out what you know about your paper before moving on to what you don't know.

Know Your Limits

Before you select a topic, or begin researching, you want to know what you're getting yourself into. The subject of a 4-6 page paper must be much more focused and refined than a 14-16 page paper. Knowing the requirements before you being will save you time and help you choose an appropriately focused topic.

"Analyze Your Assignment" in Action

Explore the image below -- mouseover the targets to learn more about the process of analyzing your assignment.


"Know Your Limits" in Action

Explore the image below -- mouseover the targets to learn how to focus your topic to match the guidelines in your assignment.