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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 Valdosta’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  

Final Project  

Research process project for LIBS1000