Start by choosing a broad topic.
Before you begin your research, get background information on your topic. This will save you time and prevent frustration!
Start by looking in:
Note: These resources can often provide you with a list of books and articles on your topic.
When writing a term paper, it is critical to choose a topic that is not too broad. Narrow the focus of your topic.
Note: Choose at least three limiters using the above examples, or come up with your own.
Now that you have your topic narrowed, it is useful to phrase it in the form of a question.
This helps you to:
The last step is to create a list of search terms to use when searching for books and articles in MERLIN Catalog and databases.
|2. Gather Background Information|
|4. Search Question:||How has higher education contributed to the success of immigrants in the United States?|
|5. Search Term List:|
|Key Concepts||Related Terms|
|Higher Education||college, university|
|Immigrants||migrants, aliens, Chicanos, Cubans|
Adapted from UC Davis Library
Last modified: December 20, 2010