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Research Assignment Scheduler

Calculate the best schedule for your upcoming research assignments:

  • Select the Start Date (when you plan to begin your research paper) and the End Date (when the assignment is due).
  • Click "Calculate Schedule" to view the steps and suggested due dates for your research process.
  • After your schedule is calculated, click on “Save Your Schedule” at the bottom and print or save your schedule.
  • Remember: Check this schedule against your instructor’s syllabus to make sure there are no conflicts.
Start Date: (scroll to select date from calendar)
End Date:
 


Based on Daytona State College Library's Research Assignment Scheduler

Step One

 

Understand Your Assignment

  • Read your assignment carefully before you start to ensure you understand the requirements.
  • Note any specific deadlines for submitting your topic, sources, outlines, or drafts.
  • Consult with your instructor if you have questions in these areas.

Step Two

 

Define Your Topic

  • Write down your research question or topic.
  • Note keywords and subject terms that can be used as search terms.
  • Go to the Writing Center for help brainstorming, outlining, or talking through your topic ideas.
  • Visit the Help & Research Guides for the best places to start with your research.
  • Consult Library Databases for Topic Ideas (note that logging in is your student Blackboard username and password.):

Step Three

 

Investigate Your Topic

Step Four

 

Retrieve Information on Your Topic

  • Plan your search strategy. 
  • Search and choose sources.
  • Use the Library Catalog and Databases page to identify tools to use for gathering your information.
  • Are you on track?
    • Consult with your instructor on the direction of your paper.
    • Visit the AskUs page for guidance on locating information and resources to help you refine your topic.

Step Five

 

Read and Evaluate Information

  • Keep track of your sources and record the citation information as you go.
  • View the Writing Tips page.
  • Evaluate the gathered information for your research:
    • Have you found enough information on your topic?
    • Does the information support your thesis?
    • Have you answered the questions: What, Why, Where, When, How?
  • Are you on track?
    • Consult with your instructor on the direction of your paper.
    • Visit the AskUs page for guidance on locating information and resources to help you refine your topic.
    • Work with a Writing Center tutor if you feel like you want to make sure you’re still on track.

Step Six

 

Create Your Outline

  • Organize your ideas.
  • Organize your notes.
  • Outline the format of your paper.
  • Visit Writing Center for helpful tips and additional resources for outlining.

Step Seven

 

Write the First Draft

Step Eight

 

Conduct Additional Research as Necessary

  • Reread your assignment.
  • Keep looking for more resources that support your thesis or argument.
  • Are you on track?
    • Consult with your instructor on the direction of your paper.
    • Schedule a Librarian Consultation to provide guidance on locating information and resources to help you refine your topic.

Step Nine

 

Revise and Rewrite: Second Draft

  • Complete bibliography.
  • View the Citation Style Guide.
  • The Writing Center has links and presentations to help you with revision and citation styles.

Step Ten

 

Proofread Your Paper

  • Look for spelling and grammatical errors.
  • Does your paper fulfill the assignment requirements?
  • Copnsult with your instructor on the direction of your paper.
  • Final review.

Step Eleven

 

Final Draft

Write the final draft of your paper.

Step Twelve

 

Assignment Due Date

  • Submit your paper!

 

To save: On Google Chrome, from the print screen select save as .pdf to save your schedule.

 

 

 

 

 

Select your start and end dates on the calendar >>