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". . . fear not. Read through these tips, take it step-by-step
and week-by-week, and you'll be finished before you know it."
Tips on Preparing a Scientific Research
Sometimes, the hardest part of any assignment is getting started.
This is especially true for research projects because there are
several steps involved: deciding on the right topic, gathering sources
of information, putting it all together, and finally, writing the
The following tips were prepared by the Sea Grant
Program at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), with
the help of researchers, librarians, and teachers, to help you organize
your research paper from beginning to end. While putting it off
to the last minute may sound like a good idea when the teacher assigns
the project, procrastination never makes the project easier to complete!
Fear not. Read through these tips, take it step-by-step and week-by-week,
and you'll be finished before you know it.
Your Assignment, Plotting a Course of Action
- How to Start, Where to Start
- Identifying Topics of Interest
- What Do You Want to Say About Your Topic?
- Outling Your Project
- Teacher/Classroom resources
- Ask your librarian for help!
- On-line Searches
- Organizations to Contact
- How much is Enough?
the Paper or Project
- Mental Preparation
- Expand on Your Outline
- Make your research work for you
- Write clearly and logically
Your Paper or Project