Think about the nature and requirements
of the assignment. This will help you make important decisions about
the research process.
types of sources are you expected to include?
previously published research that is summarized in books or periodical
original documents (e.g. government bills) or accounts of firsthand
original research conducted by the author of the article or the
Field research: your
original research (e.g. interviews or surveys).
If you are writing
a five-page paper you would in most instances not require as many
sources as you would for a fifteen-page paper.
Don't let yourself
get overwhelmed by trying to include too many sources for a relatively
It is always wise
to begin your research as soon as possible.
What sources are
you able to obtain locally or online?
If you need print
based materials from AU Library, you will need to allow time for
delivery: generally 7-10 days to a Canadian address.
As you write your
paper you may discover gaps in your research and need time to
locate additional information.