Writing the research essay, assignment or project means that you will search literature about the topic. To perform your task, you can do a basic literature search. You will need to understand the question, organise your thoughts, identify a perspective you will use, identify suitable search engines and academic websites, run a search, refine and review your search, limit and combine keywords, access the full text, keep your records, produce a bibliography, write up findings and put it in a written presentation.

The first thing you need to do when you have to complete a research essay or the like is to understand the question. You will work on a title, topic, question or subject. See to it that you understand what you need to do. If you are not very sure, you should ask your tutor. Next, you must organise your thoughts. To do this, identify keywords and search terms based on you the question, topic or what is given to you. refer to books, articles and other sources about the topic in refining or increasing your search of the words. Further, you can identify key areas and phrases. Look for key issues or people. You can make a mind map or facet table to assist you in getting an overview of the whole topic area. While doing some thinking about the topic, you can start developing main areas from which you will organise the terms. See to it that the map or table you are making is within the scope of the question.

You have to identify a perspective for your research essay. You can start with two or more perspectives. Examples of perspectives you can consider using are the scientific, medical, health, philosophical, ethical, moral and many other perspectives. Specifically, you can take into consideration the ideas and opinions, research results and history, among others. ideas and opinions include expert opinion, opinions of pressure groups, public opinion and opinion of governments and other organisations. Research results include examples like medical experiments and scientific information. lastly, history include when, where and how complementary contributions, updates or developments about the topic.