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This guide will take you through the process of deciding on a topic, finding reliable information about the topic and citing the information your have found.
- 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.
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.
Databases for Topic Selection and Background Information
Tips on deciding:
You can use the following resources to help you select your topic. The databases have thesauri, and subject guide that will help you see if there are articles on the topics.
Contains fulltext reports that focus on a specific topic that is newsworthy or of broad interest. Topics include health, social issues and crime.
Issues and Controversies
Explores more than 800 hot topics in business, politics, government, education, and popular culture. This database is a great starting point for research papers and debate prep.