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Selecting a Topic
Selecting a Topic - Background Information and Topic Overview
Browse a subject-specific encyclopedia. A good encyclopedia can provide beginning researchers with the following:
- an overview of a topic and how it fits into the broader picture,
- the various aspects of a topic to help broaden or narrow the area of research,
- the vocabulary associated with the topic to help identify appropriate keywords to use at the computer,
- the names of important people, companies or places involved with the topic,
- a bibliography to lead to other relevant items on the topic, including major studies, books, articles and researchers.
Some good examples are:
- Encyclopedia of Drugs, Alcohol and Addictive Behavior. [Ref 362.293 E56C2 2000] 4 vols.
- MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia, includes over 4,000 articles about medicine and allied fields.
, Area Studies
, Computer Science
, Criminology/Crime and Justice
, Digital Media
, Earth Sciences
, Environmental Studies
, Family Studies
, Finance & Investing
, First Year Seminars
, International Relations
, Latin American & Caribbean Studies
, Political Science