Understand the Assignment

  • Type of assignment:   essay,  research paper,  speech, presentation?
  • Style of assignment:  casual, formal, scientific, other? 
  • Are you making an argument for/against a topic, or just exploring an issue?
  • What evidence do you need to support your ideas?  (books, articles, web sites, images, etc.) 
  • Rules of the paper:  length, font, number of resources used, etc.