Understanding a research assignment can help determine the amount and type of information sources needed for the assignment and will help you avoid a lot of costly errors in the beginning stages of research. Here are some questions you can ask yourself to help with figuring out how you should approach your assignment:
If there are any unclear details about the assignment, it is best to ask your professor to explain them.
Many students put off difficult or complex assignments until very close to the due date. When it comes to completing a research assignment it is VERY IMPORTANT that you not wait until the last minute to start gathering information sources. It is common for some materials to not be immediately available, i.e. a book you need could be checked out, it could be located at a different USC campus, etc. Most materials you find can be obtained one way or another, but it may take some time. This is even true for sources that you may find online. So if you are reading this and thinking, "oh well I'll just find all my articles in online databases," think again because though many of the articles you will find will have full text availability, some of them may not and they will need to be ordered through Interlibrary Loan, which is more than doable, but only if ample time is supplied by the researcher, YOU.