Articulate your inquiries and ideas.
Read- do plenty of background reading when seeking sources; consult scholarly journals and search titles from scholarly presses.
Passion- enthusiasm about a topic will make everything easier. In order to avoid boredom and fatigue, seek ways to make your assignments relevant and your topics exciting. Tap and perpetuate your curiosity!
Cite- keep a list of bibliographic notes (citations) for potential relevant sources as you discover them. Finalizing these sources will come as you write.
Outline- draft an outline to organize and/or visualize your topic themes and thoughts. Adjust your scope by considering categorical priorities and analogies - or by doing more background research.
Archives- consult archives and search for primary sources related to your research topic.
Thesis- articulate your inquiries and informed perspectives. Be prepared to defend them.
Simplify- render complex ideas and inquiries into clear, confident, and concise language.
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Note: To save time and stress, keep bibliographic notes (citations) for all potential sources as you investigate your topic.