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INQS 125: In Search of the Good Life  

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Research is daunting

 

Where Do I Start?

timeResearch is a process:  it takes time to find the good stuff

  • Choose a topic that interests you.  Start with your textbook and course materials and 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.
  • Search Strategy with Working Topic:
    • Write the topic as a question.
    • Think of as many words as you can to describe your topic.
    • As you search, notice other words, subject headings, and descriptors
    • Combine the terms in different ways using Boolean Logic (AND, OR, NOT) to get more relevant sources
  • Be flexible:  Your working topic will evolve as you discover more information.
 

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