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Intro to Library Research: Choose a Topic

This guide is a starting point for doing research at Wardman Library, finding and evaluating scholarly resources, and getting additional writing help.

Understand Your Assignment

Before starting your research, be sure you understand the details of your assignment. This includes:

  • When is the assignment due?
  • How long should your final paper/project be?
  • What formatting style (MLA, APA, etc.) should you use?
  • How many sources/citations are required?
  • Should your sources be "scholarly" or "peer-reviewed"?
  • Do you need to include specific types of resources (newspapers, books, etc.)
  • How important is the currency of the resources you cite?
  • What other restrictions are there?

Check your syllabus for additional details. When in doubt, ask your professor.

Recommended Resources

Need some inspiration? Check out these online resources for generating potential topic ideas.

Determine Your Topic

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