This guide is designed to help you identify sources for your Assignment 4: Personal Research Project.
Use the tabs above to navigate to more information about the library research tools available to you and suggested search strategies.
1. TOPIC/QUESTION: How much do you know? What do you want to find out?
- Not sure about your topic yet? Explore Topic Ideas.
2. CONTEXT: Which subject disciplines/stakeholders might study and write about your question?
3. SOURCES: What would you like to find (or are you required to use)?
|Types of Sources:||Research Tool:|
|Websites (reputable)||Commercial Search Engine(s)|
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4. SEARCH: What is available about your topic in published sources?
5. REFINE: If you are finding a lot, narrow your focus!
- By date (sources published within the last 5 years)
- By aspect (ethical, social, political, economic implications)
Sometimes tracking down a few sources and reading them is a good strategy to help you identify a focus. It is typical to revise your question as you learn more about a topic.