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