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Tips for choosing and researching a topic<br />
Topic Tips: 1. Ideas for a topic<br />If you don’t have a topic idea… <br />… and you need a current / hot topic<br />Look...
Topic Tips: 1. Ideas for a topic<br />If you don’t have a topic idea… <br />… and you need a current / hot topic<br />Look...
Topic Tips: 1. Ideas for a topic<br />If you don’t have a topic idea… <br />… and you need a current / hot topic<br />Look...
Topic Tips: 2. “Manageable” topics<br />Consider what types of resources you need for your paper and how many of each type...
Topic Tips: 3. Good search terms<br />Finding “good” keywords and terms<br />When choosing your topic, pay attention to si...
Topic Tips: 3. Good search terms<br />Finding “good” keywords and terms<br />When choosing your topic, pay attention to si...
Topic Tips: 3. Good search terms<br />Finding “good” keywords and terms<br />When choosing your topic, pay attention to si...
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  1. 1. Tips for choosing and researching a topic<br />
  2. 2. Topic Tips: 1. Ideas for a topic<br />If you don’t have a topic idea… <br />… and you need a current / hot topic<br />Look at “hot topic” databases<br />
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  5. 5. Topic Tips: 1. Ideas for a topic<br />If you don’t have a topic idea… <br />… and you need a current / hot topic<br />Look at “hot topic” databases<br />CQ Researcher – browse by date for current topics<br />
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  7. 7. Topic Tips: 1. Ideas for a topic<br />If you don’t have a topic idea… <br />… and you need a current / hot topic<br />Look at “hot topic” databases<br />CQ Researcher – browse by date for current topics<br />Browse SCC’s current newspapers and magazines<br />Look at web pages for newspapers such as Arizona Republic and New York Times or news sources such as CNN, MSNBC<br />… and you have been assigned a general subject area <br />Try a Google search such as “good topic for a psychology paper” or “current issues in education”<br />Look at a specialized encyclopedia for topics covered<br />… you can use 10,000 Ideas or similar books (see a librarian)<br />
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  9. 9. Topic Tips: 2. “Manageable” topics<br />Consider what types of resources you need for your paper and how many of each type<br />Books? <br />Search the library catalog<br />Browse the reference collection<br />Periodicals?<br />Search library databases<br />Web sites?<br />Search the web and evaluate some sites<br />Do you need to broaden or narrow your topic?<br />If possible, commit to a topic only after you’ve made sure you can find enough good sources<br />
  10. 10. Topic Tips: 3. Good search terms<br />Finding “good” keywords and terms<br />When choosing your topic, pay attention to significant words that are used often in titles and abstracts (summaries) or as headings in specialized encyclopedias<br />Use Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH)<br />http://authorities.loc.gov/<br />Primarily useful for finding books<br />Printed volumes at Info Desk or online at http://authorities.loc.gov<br />
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  15. 15. Topic Tips: 3. Good search terms<br />Finding “good” keywords and terms<br />When choosing your topic, pay attention to significant words that are used often in titles and abstracts (summaries) or as headings in specialized encyclopedias<br />Use Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH)<br />Primarily useful for finding books<br />Printed volumes at Info Desk or online at http://authorities.loc.gov<br />Search database subject (thesaurus) list<br />
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  19. 19. Topic Tips: 3. Good search terms<br />Finding “good” keywords and terms<br />When choosing your topic, pay attention to significant words that are used often in titles and abstracts (summaries) or as headings in specialized encyclopedias<br />Use Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH)<br />Primarily useful for finding books<br />Printed volumes at Info Desk or online at http://authorities.loc.gov<br />Search database subject (thesaurus) list<br />Find one good article in a database and look at assigned subject headings<br />Consult a librarian<br />
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