Assignment Calculator

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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
Step Three
Investigate Your Topic
  • Refine your topic and ask more specific questions to define your thesis statement.
  • Are you on track?
    • Consult with your instructor on the direction of your paper.
    • Visit the LRC or call to speak with a librarian if you need assistance. You can also schedule an appointment with a librarian at: Reference by Appointment.
Step Four
Retrieve Information on Your Topic
  • Plan your search strategy.
  • Use the Library Catalog and Databases to gather your information.
  • Search and choose sources, keeping track of your sources and recording the citation information as you go.
  • Are you on track?
    • Consult with your instructor on the direction of your paper.
    • Schedule an appointment with a librarian at Reference by Appointment for guidance on locating information and resources.
Step Five
Read and Evaluate Information
  • Review the "Avoiding Plagarism by Citing Sources" guide.
  • Evaluate the gathered information through your research:
    • Have you found enough information on your topic to satisfy the requirements?
    • Is the information from credible resources?
    • 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.
    • Schedule a consultation with a librarian for guidance on locating information and resources at: Reference by Appointment
Step Six
Create Your Outline
  • Organize your ideas.
  • Organize your notes.
  • Outline the format of your paper.
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.
Step Nine
Revise and Rewrite: Second Draft
Step Ten
Proofread Your Paper
  • Does your paper fulfill the assignment requirements?
  • Look for spelling and grammatical errors.
Step Eleven
Final Draft

Make any necessary adjustments after proofreading and finalize your paper.

Step Twelve
Assignment Due Date
  • Take one last look at your assignment to be sure you are submitting your paper per instructions.
  • Submit your paper. Congratulations!
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