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Research Process

Get help with any part of the research process.

Choose a topic that interests you and will hold your attention.

Your Research Assignment - Define the Task

Before selecting a topic or starting your research, make sure you understand your assignment and its requirements. Consider the following:

  • Have you been assigned a topic or can you pick your own?
  • How many pages/words do you need to write? How long is your presentation?
  • Do you need to include specific types of sources? (e.g. scholarly journal, book, etc.)
  • When is the assignment due? How much time do you have to research?
  • Is currency of information important?

When in doubt, consult with your instructor.

Topic Ideas

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  • Scan your textbook
  • Look through current magazines and newspapers
  • Browse encyclopedias.
  • Browse the bookshelves at the library
  • Discuss potential topics with your instructor, a librarian or a classmate.
  • Look at "hot topic" databases in the library (below)

Hot Topic Library Databases