Take the time to understand your assignment. This may be more complicated than it seems. Read the assignment carefully as soon as you receive it so that you can budget your time effectively, and ask your instructor about anything that is unclear.
Ask yourself a few basic questions as you read and jot down the answers on the assignment sheet:
How do I choose?
Choosing an appropriate topic to research is critical to success. Choose one that fits the assignment and that interests you. Consult with your instructor about your topic before you begin your research.
Why do I need background information?
Use the search box below to find reference sources in the library catalog to help you get started.
Too much? Too little?
Let's pretend you want to find information about texting while driving. Here are some search tips you can use to get better results. You can use one or two of these, or get really fancy and use all of them.
Examples from other topics: