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Know your Assignment

Make sure you understand your assignment before you begin your research project.
  • Are you limited to certain types of resources? How many sources?
  • How long should your paper be? Does this include a separate title page or the bibliography page?
  • What topics can be chosen?
  • Is this an informative or a persuasive paper?
  • Which style or format should be used for the bibliography?
  • When is the assignment due? Is anything besides the final paper required? (This may include an outline, note cards, rough drafts, or photocopies of sources.)