Beware of the researching Timesink

Research is step number 3 of writing an academic writing paper as discussed in the Fundamentals of Online Writing Course.

The problem with research is that you can research a topic forever:

To finish your essay on time you need to do only the necessary research.

Overdoing the research step will take up your time for little benefit.

How to optimize the research step:

By reading widely you come to the research step already knowing something about the subject to be written about.