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Created by Katie Archambault
Last Updated: Oct 6, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

Developing Your Topic Print Page

Exploring Topics Using Search Widgets

Simply click on the title of these widgets to go right into the databases. Remember that you will need to input your gps username and password when you are off campus. If you see an Infotrac disclaimer, simply hit "Proceed" and go on into the database.

Questions? Email Ms. Granbery.


Global Issues in Context


Opposing Viewpoints


Student Resources in Context


Before you jump right in

Before beginning your research, take a few minutes to jot down all of the key words that you can think of that might be associated with your topic. These might be synonyms, related concepts, government or non-profit groups that tie-in, maybe even laws, treaties, or acts that have been passed that relate to your topic.

You might gather other keywords by doing some/all of these things:

  • Do a Google search
  • Look at Wikipedia (yes, I said look at Wikipedia! It's a great way to mine keywords that you can check out using vetted or scholarly resources. Check out the hyperlinked documents in the wiki's citation list. There are some great ones there!)
  • Read encyclopedia articles. Grolier is hyperlinked below. You can also use World Book by going through the TEL interface.

Keep this document with you whenever you are doing research. Add to it as you use the databases. Write down your search strategy, key words and phrases that you tried. It will help you to be able to refer back to see what worked and what didn't.


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