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Hit the books more effectively -- and get more A's -- with these study tips.
You Will Need
- Good Library
- Internet Access
- Expert to Interview
Decide your objective
Spend some time thinking about what you want your paper to accomplish. Do you want it to prove your viewpoint? Explain a topic? You’ll want to have a clear focus before you begin your research.
List key words
Make a list of key words that will be helpful in locating information when you conduct online and offline searches.
Go to the library
Go to the library. Yeah, we know—you think you can find everything you need with your laptop. But to get an actual book on a topic, plus find academic papers, journals, and other subscriber-only materials, you’ll need to head to a library.
Check library indexes
Use the library’s indexes to find articles in periodicals, like trade journals and magazines. They’ll contain the very latest information on your subject.
Okay, now you can do some online research by plugging in those key words you listed at the start. Only take information from reputable sites and organizations.
While you’re researching the facts, don’t forget the figures. Find useful statistics.
Don't forget the videos
Don’t forget the videos. See if there are any documentaries on your topic.
Organize your research, mull it over, and then start writing!