If you're not sure how much time to devote to the different pieces of your research, try using an assignment calculator (such as this one from the University of Minnesota).
Tip: Do some background reading before making a decision!
If you don’t know much about the topics you're considering, try searching Credo Reference and using their mind mapping tool or search a general encyclopedia.
Looking for articles in general or subject-specific databases can give you an idea of the ways scholars are thinking and writing about your topic. You can find subject-specific database suggestions on our research guides.