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1.  Browse topics using a library database or website (see box on left)

2.  Brainstorm topics & research questions

3.  Search for articles using SuperSearch

  • email yourself 3 sources.  At least 2 should be scholarly, peer review sources
  • include the MLA citation

4.  Search for newspaper articles using ProQuest National Newspapers 

  • email yourself at least 2 sources
  • include the MLA citation

5.  Search for a print book or an ebook using SuperSearch

  • identify at least one book
  • draft a MLA citation

6.  Document your sources

  • Copy all of your citations into a works cited list
  • Create a brief annotation for each source


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

Continue to narrow your topic by asking questions about culture, geography, demographics, time periods, etc.

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

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