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Topic Development

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    • Topic Selection and Development
    • Topic Selection
      • Most courses you have the luxury of choosing your own paper topic within the discipline, some courses you do not.
      • Some things to keep in mind are:
        • Choose something of interest to you.
        • Make sure your topic is manageable.
        • Choose a project you can finish in the time allotted.
        • Choose your approach: analytical, argumentative, narrative, chronological, humorous, serious.
      • No matter what, have a clear understanding of what your topic is. You may have to fine tune your topic from time to time, but never lose sight of what your paper is about.
    • Topic Development
      • Step One: Choose your area of interest
      • Step Two: Choose you area of focus
      • Step Three: Refine to a more specific research question.
      • Step Four: Think about how you are going to approach your topic
      • Step Five: Think about the types of information you need to answer your research question.
    • Where to Find Background Information & Terminology
      • Subject Dictionaries
        • Dictionary of Environment & Conservation Dictionary of Ecology Available online from WSU Libraries
        • Dictionary of Water & Waste Management Available Encyclopaedic Dictionary of Environmental Change GE10 .E536 2001
        • McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Environmental Science GE10 .M378 2003
      • Subject Encyclopedias & Thesauri
        • Encyclopedia of Energy
        • Encyclopedia of Environmental Science & Engineering TD9 .E5 2006 v. 1-2
        • Encyclopedia of Global Change: Environmental Change & Human Society
        • Encyclopedia of Water Science Available online from WSU Libraries
        • Multilingual Thesaurus of Environmental Terms Z695.1.E62 M85x 1997
    • Where to find Articles: Some Subject-Specific Databases
      • Political Science
      • Congressional Lexis-Nexis
      • CQ Researcher Online
      • ICPSR
      • Left Index
      • PAIS International
      • Worldwide Political Science Abstracts
      • History
      • America History and Life: US & Canadian History
      • Historical Abstracts: World history, except US & Canada
      • Historical Statistics of the United States
      • History Cooperative
      • JSTOR
    • Selected Databases by Subject
      • Science
      • ACS Journal Search (Chemistry)
      • ARIBIB (Astronomy)
      • BIOSIS (Life Sciences & Biology)
      • Fish & Fisheries World (Ichtyology & fisheries)
      • Index to American Botanical Literature (Botany)
      • SciFinder Scholar
      • Earth & Environmental
      • Sciences
      • AGRICOLA
      • GeoRef
      • ENDEX
      • Energy Citations
    • Web Resources
      • Style Guides
        • WSU Libraries Handouts: Style Guides http://www.wsulibs.wsu.edu/electric/search/category_results.asp?loc=handouts&cat=style
        • WSU Libraries Virtual Reference Shelf: Citing Sources http://www.wsulibs.wsu.edu/RefShelf/citing.html
        • APA Style Tips: http://www.apastyle.org/styletips.html
        • Chicago Manual of Style Online: http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/home.html
      • Evaluating Information Resources
        • UC Berkeley: Critical Evaluation of Resources http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/instruct/guides/evaluation.html
        • Cornell University: Critically Analyzing Information Sources http://www.library.cornell.edu/olinuris/ref/research/skill26.htm
    • Karenann Jurecki 131 Owen meebo/kjurecki [email_address]