1. Describe your topic
Write down your research question. Your question will give you a few search terms.
2. Search for background info
Background information will help you begin to understand your topic.
3. Read, evaluate and refine
4. Answer research questions
Scholarly journal articles can provide answers to more specific research questions.
5. Write and revise
Be sure to be in touch with your course mentor or peer writing tutor when you write your paper. Also consult Writing Guides, created by the Peer Writing Tutors.
Create your notes and bibliography. Resource management software, such as RefWorks or Zotero, makes it easy.