Now that you have had a chance to see how you should carefully consider your assignment requirements, take some time to read and think about your own research essay assignment. What are your key requirements? How many sources do you have to include? What topic requirements are included?
If your professor has provided a detailed assignment form, take some notes and try putting the assignment requirements in your own words to help you make sense of the details. It can also be helpful to start a research / writing journal right now. You can start with notes on your assignment, but your journal will be a helpful tool throughout your research and writing process.
Remember, this is also a good time to ask questions. If you’re unsure about any of the requirements, now is the time to ask your professor, and your classmates can be great resources as well.
You’re about to begin an important journey of discovery and writing. It’s really pretty exciting!