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   Take your time to    look for a topic   Look around “to see    if a juicier topic may    be in full view    nearby” (...
   Advantage    ◦ Instructor = interested in      whatever they      recommend    ◦ Knows your strengths &      weaknesse...
   Multiple summaries in    reference tools    ◦ Encyclopedia Britannica    ◦ Wikipedia    ◦ Plus more   Note how variou...
   Look at lists of    references in textbooks    or encyclopedias   Browse the library    shelves aka stacks   Librari...
◦ Can be shared with someone   Primary Sources    ◦ Evidence by or near      whatever you are      studying.    ◦ Example...
   Think about what you    already know   Canal building in Idaho    and transportation   Try to connect the dotsSee Ma...
   Seek approval from                            “A longer process is in    your instructor                              ...
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Narrow down a research question after brainstorming by selecting either a specific population, location, or time period. Learn other steps to take in the process of choosing a doable research project.

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  1. 1. 5 Methods
  2. 2.  Take your time to look for a topic Look around “to see if a juicier topic may be in full view nearby” (George 30). Think about preparing the topic for company “Choose something that interests you” (George 31).See Mary George’s book The Elements of Library Research: What Every Student Needs to Know. Princeton, NJ: Princeton UP, 2008. (30-31) See Artful Danni’s Peeking in the Fairy Door: http://www.flickr.com/photos/danniquee/
  3. 3.  Advantage ◦ Instructor = interested in whatever they recommend ◦ Knows your strengths & weaknesses ◦ Knows library collection Disadvantage ◦ You may not be interested ◦ Instructor may be an expert on the topic See Mary George’s book The Elements of  Seek and relish wisdom Library Research: What Every Student Needs to Know. Princeton, NJ: Princeton  Ignore her fame UP, 2008. (31-32)
  4. 4.  Multiple summaries in reference tools ◦ Encyclopedia Britannica ◦ Wikipedia ◦ Plus more Note how various accounts of a subject differ Find and record keywords to search See Mary George’s book The Elements of Library with later. Research: What Every Student Needs to Know. Princeton, NJ: Princeton UP, 2008. (32-36)Record intriguing facts Start your research log
  5. 5.  Look at lists of references in textbooks or encyclopedias Browse the library shelves aka stacks Libraries organize books according to subjects “Hence you can browse, or scan, yourSee Mary George’s book The Elements of way to an exciting topic of your Library Research: What Every Student own by standing in one place” Needs to Know. Princeton, NJ: Princeton (George 37). UP, 2008. (36-40)Discover good books Meet “Serendipity”
  6. 6. ◦ Can be shared with someone Primary Sources ◦ Evidence by or near whatever you are studying. ◦ Examples: Image courtesy of Suttonhoo: http://suttonhoo.blogspot.com/2008/07/postdated.html  Sonnet  Speech “One way to discover a  Law captivating topic is to look deeply into a primary  Photograph source to see what it tells  Equation you and to attempt to  Stock market chart understand it in its original  Computer graph of a drug context.” interaction - Mary George  Musical score See Mary George’s book The Elements of Library  Letter Research: What Every Student Needs to Know. Princeton, NJ: Princeton UP, 2008. (41)
  7. 7.  Think about what you already know Canal building in Idaho and transportation Try to connect the dotsSee Mary George’s book The Elements of Library Research: What Every Student Needs to Know. Princeton, NJ: Princeton UP, 2008. (41-42)
  8. 8.  Seek approval from “A longer process is in your instructor fact easier to manage Don’t go to the and a lot less painful library or search on than a compressed your computer for a one.” whole day Engage your imagination Avoid drowning in a sea of sources before you know what to do with themSee Mary George’s book The Elements of Library Research: What Every Student Needs to Know. See James Good and “Balmy Ocean.” Princeton, NJ: Princeton UP, 2008. (42-43)
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