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A research plan is a living document that researchers use to organize their thoughts on a research project. Creating a research plan will help you make the transition from writing opinion based papers to writing college-level “research papers” where you synthesize outside research to support your perspective.
Research is iterative – you will need to revisit this plan over the course of the semester and make adjustments as you refine your topic, hunt down data/sources that may or may not exist, and question the limitations of the existing literature. Your plan will evolve as your project develops; it is not a one-time thing.
This Baylor University tool will help you stay on track and lead you to resources from libraries and writing centers to help you more easily master the skills for planning, researching, drafting, and writing a research paper