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Before You Research
Research is a process. First, become familiar with your topic. Background and overview information can be found in your textbook as well as some of the databases in the library. Understand the landscape of concepts and key terms that surround a topic, much like a map with these concepts and terms guiding you to the place you are trying to find. This will help you develop a context for your topic as well as get to know the specialized terms used by experts.
Credo Reference is helpful at this stage of the research process. This subject-specific encyclopedic collection will have overview articles published or written by authoritative sources.
Do simple topical searches to find introductory articles on a variety of subjects. The mind map tool will help you discover related ideas, concepts and terms. See the array of terms displayed from the central keyword "Stratigraphy"
As you select and develop your topic with keywords, concepts and related terminology, you will be narrowing the scope of your research.
See the components of a search result and an explanation of what the results mean.
Take 3 minutes to watch "Jenni" learn to brainstorm to her just-the-right-size topic.
Gale in Context: Opposing Viewpoints
Provides topic overviews as well as collects a variety of sources, including statistics, reference materials, journal articles, news articles, images, and audio broadcasts.
Research involves finding and reading information mindfully. Taking notes as well as mind-mapping are important. Like Google Maps you want to know where you have been and the route to your final destination. Detours are possible.
Additional Background or Overview Resources
Dozens of complete reference books on arts, business, education, history, law, literature, sciences, and technology, including the popular sets of Short Stories for Students, Novels for Students, Poetry for Students, and Drama for Students.
Enter a simple search word or phrase to learn more about your basic topic. Click the icons on the image below to learn more about the features of the Gale Ebooks search results.
Explore related ideas to your topic visually with the Topic Finder tool.
Once NYT account is created, explore science section and search tool for content.