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Step 1: Getting Started
The three most important things to consider as you start a research project:
1. What does the assignment ask you to do?
- Look at all the instructions (not just the due date)
- Determine how much time you'll need to be successful, and create a rough timeline for yourself
2. What do you want to find out?
- Your thesis statement (what you're ultimately hoping to expose in your paper) will come from a research question.
- Create a preliminary research question, and write it down!
- Make sure your question is answerable within the parameters of the assignment guidelines.
3. What do you already know, and what do you need to learn?
- Think about what you expect to find
- Create some supporting questions for your topic
- Don't be afraid to ask questions. We love it when you ask questions!