Research Assignment Scheduler

Calculate the best schedule for your upcoming research assignments:

Start Date:
End Date:
 

Step One

 

Understand Your Assignment

  • Read your assignment carefully before you start to ensure you understand the requirements.
  • Note any specific deadlines for submitting your topic, sources, outlines, or drafts.
  • Consult with your instructor if you have questions in these areas.

Step Two

 

Define Your Topic

  • Write down your research question or topic.
  • Note keywords and subject terms that can be used as search terms.
  • Consult your instructor, the Academic Support Center, or a Librarian for help brainstorming, outlining, or talking through your topic ideas
  • Make an appointment with your Personal Librarian if needed. Email jsmlibrary@wilson.edu if you do not know who your Personal Librarian is.
  • Visit the Library’s Research Guides for the best places to start with your research.
  • Consult CREDO Reference or another reference source for topic ideas.” Access CREDO Reference from our Database Page.

Step Three

 

Investigate Your Topic

  • Refine your topic and ask more specific questions to define your thesis statement.
  • Are you on track?
    • Consult with your instructor on the direction of your paper.
    • Visit the your Personal Librarian or another Librarian to provide guidance on locating information and resources to help you refine your topic.
    • Visit the Writing Lab to refine your topic idea based on the research you’ve done and the assignment requirements.

Step Four

 

Retrieve Information on Your Topic

  • Plan your search strategy. 
  • Search and choose sources.
  • Use the Library Catalog and Databases to gather your information.
  • Are you on track?
    • Consult with your instructor on the direction of your paper.
    • Visit your Personal Librarian or another Librarian to provide guidance on locating information and resources to help you refine your topic.

Step Five

 

Read and Evaluate Information

  • Keep track of your sources and record the citation information as you go.
  • View the Citation and Documentation research guide.
  • Evaluate the gathered information for your research:
    • Have you found enough information on your topic?
    • See the Evaluating Sources Research Guide for help.
    • Does the information support your thesis?
    • Have you answered the questions: What, Why, Where, When, How?
  • Are you on track?
    • Consult with your instructor on the direction of your paper.
    • Visit your Personal Librarian or another Librarian to provide guidance on locating information and resources to help you refine your topic.
    • Work with a Writing Lab tutor if you feel like you want to make sure you’re still on track.

Step Six

 

Create Your Outline

  • Organize your ideas.
  • Organize your notes.
  • Outline the format of your paper.
  • Work with a Writing Lab tutor if you feel like you want to make sure you’re still on track.

Step Seven

 

Write the First Draft

  • Writing lab tutors are available to help you get started or work through writer’s block. Visit the Academic Support Center website to learn more.

Step Eight

 

Conduct Additional Research as Necessary

  • Reread your assignment.
  • Keep looking for more resources that support your thesis or argument.
  • Are you on track?
    • Consult with your instructor on the direction of your paper.
    • Schedule a Research Paper Consultation with your Personal Librarian. Email jsmlibrary@wilson.edu if you do not know who your Personal Librarian is.

Step Nine

 

Revise and Rewrite: Second Draft

Step Ten

 

Proofread Your Paper

  • Look for spelling and grammatical errors.
  • Does your paper fulfill the assignment requirements?
  • The Writing Lab can help you learn proofreading strategies, and you can visit their website more information.
  • Final review.

Step Eleven

 

Final Draft

Write the final draft of your paper.

The Writing Lab can be an extra pair of eyes to be sure that you’ve fulfilled the assignment requirements.

Step Twelve

 

Assignment Due Date

  • Submit your paper!

 

To save: On Google Chrome, from the print screen select save as .pdf to save your schedule.