Notre Dame Libraries Information Literacy Pot of Gold

Hesburgh Libraries

University of Notre Dame

  1. Home
  2. Introduction
  3. Information Cycle
  4. Investigating
  5. Searching
  6. Locating
  7. Evaluating
  8. Utilizing
  9. Ask a Librarian
  10. Acknowledgements

Investigating

Investigating Step 1:
Analyzing the assignment

Resist the temptation to start researching immediately. Don't waste your time diving into research until you know what the assignment requires.

  • Is it a report?
  • Is it an analytical paper?
  • Is it an argumentative essay?

You need to know before you begin! The type of assignment will determine what kind of research you need to do, and how you need to organize and present that research in your paper. Even an "A" quality report can earn an "F" if the assignment is to write an argumentative essay.

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