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UNIV101 - Stambaugh

Evaluating Sources

Starting your Research

Starting Your Research

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.