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Research with Library Resources (Martinez)

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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

Topic example

For example...

Let's say your research question is Does the gender wage gap exist in professional sports?

After writing down your question, highlight the main concepts:

Does the gender wage gap exist in professional sports?

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


women, females, men

Wage gap

income, income inequality, income disparity, salary

Professional Sports

Athletics, soccer, basketball, WNBA, NBA, FIFA, sports

Picking a Topic tutorial

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