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Writing and Research: Getting Started

This guide provides students with information and resources about writing and research.

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Getting Started

Before you can start researching and writing, you should:

  • double-check the assignment guidelines
  • make a research plan
  • schedule time to research and write on a calendar
  • make an appointment with a librarian to go over your research ideas 

Calendars and Planning

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Using Planners and Calendars 
UNC Chapel Hill's Learning Center provides an overview of how to use calendars and planners effectively during the semester.

Research Consultations with Librarians

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How to Prepare for a Research Consultation with a Librarian 
This article offers six tips for how to prepare for a meeting with a librarian.

How to Read Assignment Guidelines

Understanding Writing Assignments 
The Purdue OWL offers advice on how to make sense of standard writing assignments.

Understanding Assignments 
UNC's Writing Center features tips on understanding what's expected in an assignment.

How to Read an Assignment 
Harvard's Writing Center presents advice on how to closely read assignment guidelines.