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Research with Library Resources (ENG 1B- Spears)

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Develop your topic & keywords

  • Review your assignment instructions: What kind of assignment/essay is it? Do you need to take a stance? Make an argument? Provide facts or data?
  • Will you need library sources? What kind?
  • Use the Picking a Topic tutorial (below) to help you narrow down your ideas and find keywords.
  • Use Opposing Viewpoints to browse topics and get ideas.
  • Watch the Developing a Research Topic video

Subject Guides

Subject guides focus on a single topic or subject and provide helpful books, articles, databases, and websites on that topic. Here are some guides that were developed specifically for your course:

For example...

Let's say your research question is What are the causes for food insecurity during the current pandemic?

After writing down your question, highlight the main concepts:

What are the causes for food insecurity during the current pandemic?

Then, think about other synonyms or phrases you can use for that term.

Food insecurity

Food security


Food banks






Social distancing

Picking a Topic tutorial

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