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Research Assistance >> Getting Started
Choose your topic, considering:
- Your interests (for suggestions see Research Paper Topics)
- Your assignments/discipline requirements
- Time factors
- Interviews with someone who knows a lot about your topic (talking to a professor or a local expert on domestic violence)
- Direct personal observation (studying the Massachusetts street McDonalds as an example of the impact of fast food chains on a downtown community)
- Library research (see Choosing Materials, or talk with a librarian to discover some possibilities)
- Do you need to narrow, broaden, or change your focus?
- Are you able to work with (locate, evaluate) the information you'll need in the amount of time that you have available?
- Should you be incoroporating materials from class, such as course readings, lectures, or discussions?
- If you're having difficulty, can someone (instructor, librarian, friend) help you refine your topic?
- Think about how this information pertains to your ideas (confirms, challenges, etc.)
- Take notes, and begin to synthesize your ideas for the project.
- Set it aside for a while if possible and then reread and revise it
- Consult with the Writing Center if you have questions about presenting your research in writing.
- You may need to return to the previous step.
- Check over your ideas, presentation, organization, grammar, spelling, citations, etc.