LIBRARY VISIT: Informative Speech Mara
1. Match your Topic to the Right Information Source Where is the best place to find relevant information for your topic?
2. Evaluate your Information Source Where is this information coming from? What goes into creating a source?
- Click here for more information about types of sources: Know your Sources
3. Search Tools Find the right search tool for your topic
- CQ Researcher (Library Database)
- Gale Opposing Viewpoints in Context (Library Database)
- MasterFILE Premier (Library Database)
- Google News (Website)
- ProQuest National Newspapers Expanded (Library Database)
- Academic Search Complete (Library Database)
- Pew Research Center (Website)
- SuperSearch (Library Database)
- Advanced Google Search (Website)
- MedlinePlus (Website)
4. Review your evidence and cite your sources
MAPPING RESEARCH QUESTIONS: PRISONS
Draw a circle in the middle of a blank piece of paper. Inside the circle, put your idea for a paper topic
Brainstorm as many questions as you can about your topic. Try asking questions such as Why? Who? How? When? Where? In what ways?
|Look for broad questions that can be further divided into more narrow, specific questions. If you run out of ideas, consider asking a classmate for help. What questions do they have about the topic? What do they already know about the topic?||
Continue to narrow your topic by asking questions about culture, geography, demographics, time periods, and historical events.
Review your topic map. Which questions are you most interested in? Which are the best fit for your assignment? Highlight keywords and phrases you can use to search for information on this topic.
Source: UCLA Library Inquiry Labs