Deciding What You Need to Know — Part 1

Many things affect how you do your research. The following questions will help you shape your research direction.

What Type of Assignment Is It?

Assignments can vary from a short five-minute oral presentation,

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to a major research project,

with many other possibilities in between, such as critiques, summaries, short essays, or term papers.

How Much Information Do You Need?

Some assignments can be completed by consulting brief summaries or overviews... stack of encyclopedias
stack of magazines ...while other assignments require more detailed and comprehensive information.
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