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PICKING YOUR TOPIC IS RESEARCH

Source:  NCSU Libraries, 2013

 

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.  Evaluate the sources you have so far

2.  Search for books using SuperSearch

3.  Search for articles using SuperSearch

4.  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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