While this may seem like a basic step, make sure from the beginning that you understand the assignment. If you have any questions, ask your professor as soon as possible. Keeping the requirements, questions, and criteria in mind from the very beginning is key to receiving a good grade on any assignment. This is not something you want to make sure you understand for the first time after you've done a lot of research and writing!
Reading can be time consuming, especially when you don't know if what you're reading will pay off. Here are some things to keep in mind:
In order to begin research, you will need a certain amount of information. After studying your assignment directions and picking a topic, you'll need to find some basic information. The term for encyclopedias and dictionaries is "reference materials". We have two main reference databases that can be a great start for your research.