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Step 1: Refine Your Research Topic
Refining Your Research Topic
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Step 2: Create Your Research Plan
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Then, use the document as a guide to keep your research on track and your assignment goals clear.
Help with Choosing a Topic
Learn how to make a plan for your research project and get off to a good start by choosing a solid topic.
- Find relevant sources
- Avoid bias in your searches
- Select a topic
- Use Pre-Research to understand your topic
- Synthesize your research
- Narrow your topic
Recommended Resources for Choosing and Refining Your Topic
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Now offering more than 800 highly regarded reference titles from over 80 publishers, Credo Reference covers every major subject and also provides Topic Pages as a starting point for researchers.
Points of View Reference Center
Points of View Reference Center (Ebsco) is an interface intended for public, academic, and high school libraries. Points of View is designed to assist researchers in understanding the full scope of controversial subjects. High school and undergraduate students can use Points of View as a guide to debating, developing arguments, writing position papers, and developing critical thinking skills. Each Points of View Essay includes a series of questions and additional material to generate further thought. Also included are thousands of supporting articles from the world’s top political and societal publications. The Points of View Debate Blog is a forum for students to express and exchange their unique views on topics in the news.
World News Digest
World News Digest brings together and enhances nearly seven decades of news from the renowned Facts On File World News Digest in print. This archival record of domestic and international news is updated weekly and contains more than 1 million internal hyperlinks and convenient new features such as tabbed search results. It covers all major political, social, and economic events since November 1940. This publication of record is unrivaled for its depth, breadth, and accuracy.