After conducting some preliminary background reading, form your research question. This can guide you through the rest of the process.
Use the resources described in this guide to find background information, books, and articles.
Work through the sources that you find systematically. You cannot include everything in your essay, so select only the most important sources for inclusion. Linear reading (i.e. reading a whole article/book from beginning to end) is not a good strategy. Instead, actively skim the sources you find using the following methodology:
Make notes as you read. Good notes are essential to avoiding plagiarism when it comes time to write. Use online tools to help you make and organize notes.
Look for both quality and quantity in sources. Can you find enough sources to write about your proposed topic, or are there so many that the topic needs to be narrowed further?
When in doubt, ask a librarian!
The above advice is adapted from Writing History and Grad School Essentials
Consider the following advice when writing research papers:
The above advice is adapted from Writing History
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