Research Paper Planner

This tool will help you stay on track and lead you to resources from libraries and writing centers to help you more easily master the skills for planning, researching, drafting, and writing a research paper, essay, honors or master's thesis. This method of reverse scheduling is based on best practices for writing papers and theses developed by college and university faculty and librarians for writing papers and thesis.

Fill in the dates in the boxes below, then click on the Schedule Paper Process button to see what steps you should follow and when you should have them completed. You can modify the dates at any time. On the Timeline page you will be able to print the schedule and set up email reminders for the due dates. This timeline includes due dates on weekends and University holidays; depending on your plans you may need to make some adjustments.

Or go directly to the Research Paper Planner: Guide and the resources listed there without setting up a timeline.

  1. Deadlines provided by your instructor will supersede any provided by the Research Paper Planner: Timeline
  2. If you are using this tool to plan an Honor's or Master's thesis your due date should be one month before the thesis (or chapter - if you are breaking it down) is due to your advisor.
  3. This timeline is a suggestion for efficient planning.

Date you will begin the assignment: