black and white line drawing of the white rabbit from Alice in Wonderland holding his pocket

Source: White Rabbit looking at his pocketwatch,
Alice in Wonderland, Project Gutenberg


Why do I need a research plan?

Planning your research keeps you from wasting time. If you wanted to go to the movies, you wouldn’t jump into the car and drive around until you found one, would you? No, you would read reviews to find a movie you wanted to see, and then you would read the listings to find out where and when the movie was playing.

There are millions of books and articles out there. If you don’t take time to plan out what you’re looking for, you could be overwhelmed by the volume of information.

In this lesson, you are going to learn how to narrow your topic and create a research plan and timeline.