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  • 1. Tips for choosing and researching a topic
  • 2. 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
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  • 5. 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
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  • 7. 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)
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  • 9. 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
  • 10. 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
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  • 15. 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
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  • 19. 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