You will be engaging in a 7-month long project. Keep a project log to monitor and keep up with your project. You can start with writing down your first impression or reflection of what is being asked to do in the course. You can write the log periodically to jot down your immediate plan, what you want to achieve, what you actually did, next steps, and reflective notes as you work on the project. You can also break down the project activities in the context of the due dates assigned. You can use any tool such as your Microsoft Office suite, Google calendar, Google Keep, Evernote, or a paper notebook.
Your research project consists of Module 1, Module 2 and Module 3. Module 2 and 3 involve data identification and statistical analysis for your project. Module 1 sets the stage for your project by framing your research question and identifying variables that would address the question.
Without a clear research question pinned down for your project, you will soon experience a roadblock to carrying out your research. To cultivate your research trajectory, you need the time to develop and shape your research question that will facilitate empirical analyses down the road. Then, you can explore potential research questions based on the dataset you identified.
A literature review is a critical component of introducing your research in the final paper. Therefore, in preparation for the literature review section, you will start identifying the sources that help contextualize what you are trying to do in your research.
While browsing and reading research articles, you will see many examples of how literature reviews are undertaken in various research articles. Examine them.
Ten Simple Rules for Writing a Literature Review will guide you with various aspects and steps involved in doing a literature review.
[Pautasso, M. (2013). Ten Simple Rules for Writing a Literature Review. PLoS Computational Biology, 9(7), e1003149. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pcbi.1003149]
The Literature Review section of your paper would synthesize what you found in the literature to frame your research. Situating your specific research question in the Economics literature would help give professional validity to your work.
While searching and exploring your sources, take notes from your selected sources. Your careful notes subsequently guide you to write up a draft literature review. Here are useful tips about note-taking:
When you conduct research, you want to keep track of your sources you selected and manage them so that you can create in-text citations and a bibliography to include in your research paper. Zotero is an open-source citation management tool. The tool like Zotero is priceless when you are dealing with a large number of sources for your research in a specified citation style, such as APA style. You can download Zotero Standalone desktop client and set up your Zotero account to manage your sources and compile in-text citations and a bibliography.
See Zotero LibGuide for more information about setting up your Zotero account and useful resources.
Alternatively, you can use Zoterobib to compile in-text citations and a bibliography without creating your account or database.
There are a number of useful sources for you to learn or review APA Style.