Uh oh! Did you procrastinate and now you’re staring down the barrel of a research paper or project that seems impossible to complete? Here are three tips to help you get your researching done and that paper turned in on time!
#1. Make an assignment plan, and stick to it. We love the SJSU Assignment Calculator for breaking down the research process into manageable chunks. Just enter the due date and follow the clearly described steps for research success!
#2. Skip Google. Chances are, your teacher and librarian worked together to create a pathfinder for your research assignment. Check out the pathfinder and use the databases and vetted links that were compiled specifically for your project. You’ll save time and you can be sure that the sources provided in the pathfinder are trustworthy!
#3. When in doubt, visit the library. Your friendly school librarian can help you locate useful resources, teach you how to use the tools and tech to complete the project, and even proofread for you! If you need help, just ask! Stop by, or get in touch with your librarian through email at library.indiancreekschool.org or tweet @missfetterolf.
Super secret tip #4. DON’T PROCRASTINATE! Use the SJSU Assignment Calculator on the very first day that you are given your assignment! Keep track of the steps that need to be completed by setting alarms in your phone or on a digital calendar. Give yourself little awards for reaching each goal; a doughnut here, 30 minutes of Netflix there, and before you know it, you’ll have completed the entire project and had time to enjoy some little pleasures! And visit the library for help on your next research project or paper!