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FYS 100 -- Exploration & Understanding Our World (Brylawski): Getting Started

Getting Started

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Tips for Choosing a Successful Topic

  • Read the assignment carefully and make sure you understand your professor's requirements.
  • Brainstorm - look at textbooks, reference books, journals & magazines, class notes, and bounce ideas off friends.
  • Start your research early.
  • Is there too much or too little information?
  • Be creative.

Topic Selection and Background Information

Print Sources:

  • World Explorers and Discoverers, 910.922 W927 1998
  • Use cataLION, Albright's online public access catalog to identify books and videos on your topic. Use keywords like explorers or innovators or pioneers
  • Subject encyclopedias in a specific field can help you identify explorers and innovators. Search the online catalog by typing in the field and then the word encyclopedias. For example:
    • science and encyclopedias
    • theater and encyclopedias
    • art and encyclopedias
  • General history books can describe the environment in which the explorer or innovator operated

Another source for locating books is a database called WorldCat. This is a catalog for thousands of libraries. Use this if you cannot find enough books at Albright. Library staff will do everything possible to get your materials to you in a timely fashion. Click the Getting Your Materials tab above for instructions.

Online Sources: