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The Key to Research
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.
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:
A simple Google search of the phrase "campus sustainability" can uncover initiatives at colleges and universities.