Making a Research Plan: How to Develop a Research Strategy Worksheet

Research Writing: Research Process

Practice with this Research Plan and Research Strategy Worksheet to work on developing and cultivating your research writing process. By completing 10 exercises, you are equipping yourself with familiarity in what creating a plan entails.
Making a Research Plan: How to Develop a Research Strategy

Instructions

For the first two exercises below, answer the questions. For the remaining exercises, determine if the statement is true or false, and explain your answer.

  • What is the biggest benefit of developing a research plan? Explain your answer.

  • How can you create a research plan and strategy that minimizes stress?

  • True or false: Your preliminary outline shapes the direction of your research. Explain your answer.

  • True or false: It is okay to use any type of reliable source while conducting structured research. Explain your answer.

  • True or false: It is a good idea to log the keywords that generated the best search results, including the search tool that produced them. Explain your answer.

  • True or false: Never use a source material that your instructor says is unacceptable, even when you disagree. Explain your answer.

  • True or false: After evaluating a source the first time you read it, you do not ever need to spend time evaluating it again. Explain your answer.

  • True or false: The length of your research paper influences the number of sources you are required to use. Explain your answer.

  • True or false: Your plan timeline has little bearing on when you conduct your research. Explain your answer.

  • True or false: You should never clutter your research journal with notes about your ideas—the log is strictly for recording facts and bibliographic information. Explain your answer.