1. Read your assignment carefully - make sure every component is in your paper:
Introduction: The basic information
Content: Answers the questions "What is it?" If there is background or context, explain it here.
Style: "What does it look like?" And how was it made?
Meaning: "Why was it created?" How have others interpreted/investigated this thing?
Conclusion: How do you feel about this work?
2. Don't look for sources that "solve" your paper. Think of each source as a potential piece of evidence to help you build your paper. An example of five sources used to report on the Tower of London might include:
- A book about the Tower
- The official website for the Tower
- A book on medieval fortresses, in general
- A journal article describing the integrity and maintenance of the structure
- A review article on Gothic Revival architecture
3. Take notes carefully and separately. Copy/pasting can lead to accidental plagiarism.
4. Ask your instructor and librarians for help.