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Tutor Zone: Writing Center

Information on Writing Assistance in the Tutor Zone as well as writing and citation resources.

Develop a research plan

Understand your assignment.

Read and understand your assignment instructions. Contact your instructor if you have questions.

Develop your research topic.

What are the key concepts of your topic?  Can you broaden or narrow your focus? Consider focusing on one or more of the following:

  • time period
  • place
  • specific event   
  • specific people

Does your topic overlap other subject areas such as anthropology, geography or political science?

Think of 2- 3 questions that you will need to explore.

  • Think about the history of your topic, and its categories.
  • Who are the key people? What did they do? Why did it happen?

Under each question, think about the following aspects:

  • What do you already know about your topic or issue?
  • What do you need to learn to better understand your topic or issue?
  • What kind of information resource might provide the answer to these questions?

    Consider your audience.

    • Who will read your paper?
    • Why will it be of interest to them?
    • What will be new to them?

    University of Minnesota Assignment Planner

    Plan our your entire project from start to finish with the "Assignment Planner" from the University of Minnesota.

    Click on the "View" link to plan an assignment. Several templates are listed.