What do you have to do to successfully complete this assignment? How long will each step take you?
Make a list of the tasks you need to accomplish. Set a schedule to finish each task. Put the schedule into your calendar.
Is your topic the right size? Most students choose a topic that is too large. Doing some presearch on your topic can help you get the big picture and understand what narrower topics are available.
Reference resources help you get started on a new topic, answer quick questions, and/or point you to further resources. Examples of reference resources include:
Almanacs - Atlases - Dictionaries - Encyclopedias - Handbooks - Indexes - Thesauri
What questions will you need to answer to write about your topic? What information will you need to find to support your argument?
Make a list to help guide your research.
It's true - keywords are the key to success when it comes to research. Generating a list of keywords before you start searching - and adding to the list as you go - will make you an efficient, effective searcher. If you can't find what your looking for, it's probably due to bad keywords.
Reference materials such as handbooks, encyclopedias and directories provide background information, quick facts, statistical data and references to further readings. Some recommended titles are:
Credo Reference has created a topic page for American Indians (The Capilano Library acknowledges that American Indian is a term not used in Canada). On this topic page, you'll find a collection of articles and entries from their reference texts as well as searches in the Library catalogue and relevant databases.