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FYS 100 -- Greening Our Campus -- Fall 2019: Getting Started

The Key to Research

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The Key to Good Research -- Patience is a Virtue!!!

Picking Your Topic IS Research

Basic Research Steps

  • Select an interesting and doable topic.
  • Identify each component of your topic.
  • Select appropriate terms to describe the components and use truncation as appropriate.
  • Determine the correct use of Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT).
  • Select fields to search if appropriate (author, title, subject).
  • Limit your results as necessary (date, scholarly vs. popular, etc.).
  • Evaluate your results and rethink your strategy as necessary.

Online Sources

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.

Some good examples are:

Useful Websites

A simple Google search of the phrase "campus sustainability" can uncover initiatives at colleges and universities.