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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
  • Write down your research question or topic.
  • Note keywords and subject terms that can be used as search terms.
  • Consult Databases and websites for topic ideas:
Step Three
Investigate Your Topic
  • Refine your topic and ask more specific questions to define your thesis statement.
  • Need help? We have a tutorial for you:Choosing a Topic.
Step Four
Retrieve Information on Your Topic
Step Five
Read and Evaluate Information
  • Keep track of your sources and record the citation information as you go.
  • Evaluate the gathered information for your research:
    • Have you found enough information on your topic?
    • Does the information support your thesis?
    • Need help? We have a tutorial for you:Evaluating Information.
  • Are you on track?
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.
Step Nine
Revise and Rewrite: Second Draft
Step Ten
Proofread Your Paper
  • Look for spelling and grammatical errors.
  • Does your paper fulfill the assignment requirements?
  • Final review.
Step Eleven
Final Draft
  • Write the final draft of your paper.
Step Twelve
Assignment Due Date
  • Submit your paper!




This Assignment Calculator is based on Gulf Coast State College Library's Assignment Calculator at