PART I: PREPARING FOR LIBRARY RESEARCH
PART II: GATHERING RESEARCH MATERIALS
1. Find articles on your topic using the library databases
2. Evalute the articles you find: do they help you answer your research questions?
3. Analyze your best source and use it to find additional sources: what keywords do they use? What sources do they cite?
4. Gather your sources: write down the citation information and print or email your article
5. Find a book on your topic -- print or electronic. Create a MLA citation.
6. Find a useful website on your topic. Create a MLA citation.
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