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Doing Research

An introduction to library research and finding the best sources.

Topic Ideas


  • Pick a topic that interests you
  • Check your syllabus for suggestions and details about the assignment
  • Check the first floor of the library for encyclopedias about your topic - they have lots of useful ideas and basic information!
  • Talk with your professor about your topic


  • Pick something that has been overdone or that other students are likely to write about.
  • Worry about having enough material -- the library and its databases have lots of articles, books, and other sources on all sorts of topics!
  • Wait until the last minute -- even with a great topic, you will need time to find sources and write and revise your paper