Research is daunting
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 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.