Starting early on your assignment will lead to a better paper. In the early stages you will want to re-read the assignment and understand the expectations. You may even find it helpful to visit the Writers Workshop or the Undergraduate Library Research Desk to get your project started in the right direction. This can help you save lots of time in the long run. Writing about something you are very interested in will help morivate you to complete your assignment. You may notice the topic you pick has a special vocabulary. Becoming familiar with this vocabulary will help you search for information.
This step helps you identify the vocabulary, providing some strategies for effective brainstorming, and tools for completion of your paper.