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

Most professors will tell you explicitly what they want for an assignment. If they don't, you can tell a lot by looking for certain terms in the assignment instructions.

Assignment Terms in instructions
Report
Describe, summarize
Analytical paper
Explain, compare and contrast
Argumentative paper
Argue, persuade, evaluate

Examples of papers on tattooing:

Report: This paper will explore the history of tattooing in the United States.

Analytical paper: This paper will explain differences in attitudes toward tattooing in the 1960s and 1990s.

Argumentative paper: This paper will argue that tattoos present serious health risks to adolescents.

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