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ART 103 -- Design (Spring 2015): Selecting a Topic

Getting Started

Drawing by Paul Klee
Drawing by Paul Klee

  • START EARLY X 10! Don't put off your papers.
  • Know and Understand your topic. Verify with your insturctor that what you have selected is appropriate and doable for the course.

The Assignent

Before you start your research you should know what you are looking for.  Consult the information shared by your faculty member:

Picking Your Topic IS Research

Subject Specific Encyclopedias

A good encyclopedia can provide beginning researchers with the following:

  • an overview of a topic and its various aspects
  • the vocabulary associated with the topic
  • the names of important people, companies or places,
  • a bibliography to lead to other relevant items on the topic, including major studies, books, articles and researchers.

The reference collection contains encylopedias representative of the curriculum. Use the online catalog to locate these subject specific sources.

Credo Reference


Credo Reference is a collection of fulltext reference materials. It is an excellent place to start to get background information on a topic.