To find a topic: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.
Brainstorm for ideas Read general background information Focus in on a manageable topic Make a list of useful keywords Be flexible Define your topic as a focused research question 7. Research and read more about your topic 8. Formulate a thesis statement
Also try using Valdostaâ€™s databases to see how much information you can attain for each topic.
1. Use search engines like Google or Bing. 2. Use databases such as GIL-Find to search books, and Academic Search Complete to search articles. Information Need: Does your topic cover current events?
Sugges ted Information Resources: Newspapers, magazines, Internet
Do you need general information on a specific topic, written in Newspapers, magazines, a non-specialist style? Internet Do you need in-depth information on a specific topic, written for the college student and above by authorities in the field?
Scholarly/refereed/peer reviewed journal
Do you need more detail and/or has the topic been written about for awhile?
Do you need an overview, quick facts, statistics on a topic?
Reference books, Internet
“What if my book isn’t located in the Odum Library?” • Use the GIL-Universal Catalog to locate the book at all the other libraries in the University System of Georgia. • Fill out the GIL Express form to have the book sent to you.
Step One: Check credentials § Author's credentials § Date of publication § Edition § Publisher § Title of periodical
Step Two: Analyze content § Intended audience § Objective reasoning § Writing style § Evaluations or reviews