Where Do I Start?
Research is a process: it takes time to find the good stuff
- Choose a topic that interests you. Start with your textbook and course materials or advice from your professor. Then browse reference sources, newspapers, or even Google for other ideas.
- Explore what kind of information is available. See what others have published in books or periodical articles that you could develop into a topic.
- Develop and use a Search Strategy:
- Once you have identified a topic, write it as a question.
- Think of as many words as you can to describe your topic. Add more words, subject headings, and descriptors that you find as you search.
- Combine the terms for using Boolean searching techniques (AND, OR, NOT) to get more relevant sources
- Be flexible: Modify your topic as you discover more information.
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Know Your Sources!
When doing research you will come across a lot of information from different types of sources. How do you decide which source to use? From tweets to newspaper articles, this tool provides a brief description of each and breaks down 6 factors to consider when selecting a source.