Understand Your Assignment
Read your assignment carefully then ask yourself:
What am I being asked to do?
- report information
- look at both sides of an issue
- argue for one side
- analyze a work
- compare and contrast
What are the technical details?
- due date
- citation style
What sources can I use?
- scholarly or peer-reviewed journals
- primary or secondary sources
- personal opinions
If you have questions about your assignment consult your instructor or the Learning Center.
Read your assignment carefully a short YouTube video from the Pollak Library at Cal State Fullerton
Try the assignment calculator from the University of Minnesota. It gives you a possible schedule to follow in order to finish your assignment on time!
The Research Process or Finding Information for Your Project
Finding information for your assignments is a process and can involve the following steps:
- Choose and develop a topic
- Select and search various sources of information (books, articles, websites)
- Evaluate what you find. Does the information answer your questions or meet your needs? Is it reliable? Is it what your instructor wants?
- If necessary, narrow or broaden your search.
- Write and cite your research paper, essay, speech, or project.
Starting Points for Your Library Research
YCCC Subject Guides are starting points for your research and were created to help you find information for your assignments within specific subject areas.
Our subject guides will recommend:
- words to use in your searches (your keywords)
- books, dvds, cds, or videos
- article databases to help you find scholarly journal or magazine articles
If no Subject Guide fits your needs start on the YCCCLibrary home page to begin your research.