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Research Scheduler

It takes time to research and write, so plan ahead!

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Assignment Calculator

The Assignment Calculator

This calculator helps you break down research and writing assignments into manageable steps, based on your due date.
Starting on
Ending on
According to the dates you have entered, you have to finish.
Want to try a new date?

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Pick and focus your topic; write a thesis or argument

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Design research strategy & choose useful information sources

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Use encyclopedias to get a topic overview

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Find, review, and evaluate periodical (magazine/journal/newspaper) articles

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Analyze, compare & contrast evidence, come to your own conclusions, & write first draft

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Conduct additional research as necessary


Periodically reevaluate your progress, and repeat Steps 4-7, as needed.
  • If you still need help: Attend a free workshop
  • Try an information researching tutorial
  • Make a research appointment

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    Put paper in final form

    • To determine correct citation format, first figure out what kind of item you want to cite.
      Which is Which? Check with a librarian to see if you got it right.

    Last updated on May 25, 2018 by Clay Gediman and Esther Grassian. Adapted from the original Assignment Calculator from the University of Minnesota Libraries.