Planning and Writing a Research Paper
Survey the Literature
To find an area of interest, survey and review the subject matter for some sense of the boundaries and the territory. Called a literature review, this step has three phases:
This process, like writing in general, is recursive. You may need to survey the literature a few more times as you begin writing your paper. Be sure to keep a list of the titles you found useful. This preliminary research and overview prepares you to frame your research question.