Monday, May 10, 2010

Managing your time in research projects

Writing research papers is a complex, arduous task. They provide you with a learning experience and provide your instructor with a way of assessing your performance in a number of areas: subject mastery, organization and planning, information gathering, critical thinking, and communication. There are two keys to succeeding at all of the above.

The first key is time management. While it may seem impossible to write five or ten or twenty pages in the next few weeks, you will be able to do it if you proceed methodically and step by step. The Assignment Research Planner is one tool to help you do that. All it does is give you the dates by which you have to have each step of the process completed. Note that the Assignment Research Planner is from another library, so some of its links direct you to their resources. When that happens, just go back to the Empire State College Online Library.

The second key is getting help when you need it.
  • Ask A Librarian if you have a question about using the library or doing research
  • English Language Learners has help and support for you if English isn't your first language.
  • SmarThinking offers tutoring services, including help proofreading and critiquing your paper.
  • Writing Center Assistance is also available. This site will direct you to a person to contact, and there is also a link to a website full of writing exercises, sample papers, grammar help, and more.
Research papers are never easy, but they can be a positive experience. Start promptly, work methodically, and get help when you need it.

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