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Chapter 17. Paper Chase > Time Flies When You're Having Fun - Pg. 190

Paper Chase 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. Select a topic Narrow the topic Write the thesis statement Research material Take notes on material Outline paper Draft rough copies Find more sources, if necessary Integrate source materials Document sources Do Works Cited page Write frontmatter, backmatter, title page Revise, edit, proofread Keyboard Deal with catastrophes 190 That last step is a dilly, so it's crucial that you build in time to deal with it. Computers crash; the dog eats your rough draft. Sometimes the one book you really need isn't available from the library; more than one Web site has been known to mysteriously vanish into the Bermuda Triangle of cyberspace. I've worked out some time allocation plans you can follow as you prepare your research paper. Each plan includes some "air," that crucial extra time, so your back won't be up against the wall as the deadline looms. Write Angles Using a laptop computer can shave days off the time it takes to write a research paper. It's especially helpful for taking notes and organizing information. In the following spaces provided, note the day you started and completed each step. You may want to photocopy these plans so you can use them again as you write different research papers. A Month in the Country If you have one month (20 days) in which to complete a research paper, allocate your time this way: Task 1. Select topic 2. Narrow topic 3. Do thesis statement 4. Research 5. Take notes Days ½ ½ ½ 2 2 Date Started ____________ ____________ ____________ ____________ ____________ Date Ended ____________ ____________ ____________ ____________ ____________