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Education (Research Resources): Finding Topics

Topic Selection and Search Strategies

Choosing a topic can be a difficult task for students. It may be helpful to find some background information first. This process will help introduce new topics, highlight areas for further research and provide unique vocabulary. These terms or keywords can be used to locate resources.

Good places to look for background information include encyclopedias, textbooks, blogs and news articles.

Need more help? Visit these websites for more information.

Milne's "How Do I . . . Begin My Research" guide

Purdue: Introduction to Prewriting (Invention)

University of Houston: Research Tips

Doing Research

Online Encyclopedias

Reference Resources

Reference resources (encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, etc.), are intended to help in finding general background information on a subject or for verifying specific facts. Often, they will have bibliographies which will enable you to find even more information on your subject.