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Transfer Students: Plan

This guide will help you transition from your previous library to ECU's Linscheid Library

Planning Your Research


This page will help you plan your research.

Planning can involve:

  • Figuring out the assignment requirements, 
  • Choosing a topic,
  • Identifying your search terms, and 
  • Developing a research timeline.

Assignment Calculator

Don't wait until the last minute!

Use the Assignment Research Calculator to break your assignment into manageable chunks and meet your deadlines.

Your plan may refer to specific library resources available at the California State University, Fresno. Linscheid librarians are happy to help you find similar resources available to you.

Assignment Requirements

Many of your assignments will require that you use library or other information resources.

Watch the "Deciphering Your Assignments" video to figure out what your assignment requires of you and learn about each of the steps in the research process.


Deciphering Your Assignment
Learn to deconstruct an assignment to its basic parts and identify appropriate resources to complete it successfully.
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Choosing a Topic

The most important thing to remember about choosing a topic is to select something that interests you. This will make the research process easier and more enjoyable!

Watch OSU's "All About the Questions" video to learn more about selecting and refining a research topic.

Click to watch OSU's It's All About the Questions