HINTS FOR RESEARCH
BEFORE YOU START
(Things to think about!)
How LONG should the paper/speech be?
How many SOURCES do I have to include?
What TYPES of sources can I/must I use?
How much TIME do I have?
What STYLE MANUAL should I use for my
“Works Cited” page?
Choosing a topic
Think about your INTERESTS.
Look through SUBJECT
Browse the library SHELVES and
Look for type, quantity and format of
Choose KEYWORDS to use in searches.
Identify concepts, people, dates.
Use online database subject lists and
indexes to reference books to find
Work from the GENERAL to the
Statement of OPINION:
“Garlic is good for your health.”
“Will garlic ruin your social life?”
.com = commercial site
.org = nonprofit organization
.gov = government site
.edu = educational site
Find Current Information
GENERAL and SUBJECT specific.
Professional (“refereed”) JOURNALS.
Who is the AUTHOR?
What is the PURPOSE?
What SOURCES are cited?
WHEN was the information published or
Note URL, HEADER, BODY, FOOTER
TYPE of page: Personal, Informational, News,
AUTHORITY: Who wrote it? Domain?
CONTENT: Philosophy, fact, opinion, links,
DATE: Statistics, accuracy.
Organize Your Information
Make an OUTLINE.
DEFINITIONS, history of topic,
PROBLEMS, controversial issues.
Cite your sources!
Style manual – MLA, APA
The “P” word.
Choose a topic – broaden or narrow
Make an outline!
Define your topic
Key words and names
Current journal/magazine articles & websites
THE FINISHED PRODUCT
LIBRARIANS: The ultimate search