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PICKING YOUR TOPIC IS RESEARCH

Source:  NCSU Libraries, 2013

 

CONTROVERSIAL STRUCTURE PROJECT

Statue of Junipero Serra with Head Removed

Stone Mountain Confederate Monument

San Quentin State Prison

Itaipu Dam in Brazil

U.S.-Mexico Border Deaths Monument

 

LIBRARY RESEARCH

Library Visit I

1.  What is your research topic?

2.  Background information and research questions

3.  Search for sources in the library databases

4.  Document and annotate your sources using MLA citation

5.  Revisit your topic -- write down new questions and ideas

Library Visit II

1.  Review your topic and evaluate the sources you have so far

2.  Use your best source to find additional sources

3.  Search for newspaper articles using  ProQuest National Newspapers

4.  Review your sources

  • What kinds of sources do you have?
  • Do you have any primary sources?  What might be a good primary source on your topic?
  • Document and annotate your sources using MLA citation

5.  Revisit your topic -- write down new questions and ideas

 

MAPPING YOUR RESEARCH PROJECT

Start with your broad topic

Brainstorm specific research questions.  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.

And continue to narrow your focus...

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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