IAT 309W Library Research Workshop. Shane Plante SIAT Librarian firstname.lastname@example.org. The plan. Finding your topic Researching your topic Evaluating your sources with the 3 Rs Citing your sources Getting help Questions (at any time). f inding your topic. finding a topic.
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These two elements are the foundation of your research topic
And a sample book:
try to be Goldilocksian
- not too narrow
- not too general
Tip: In general, you can only cover one idea per paragraph.
This can help to determine if your topic is too broad.
Do you think these topics are too broad, too narrow, or just right for an 8 page research paper?
Should unhealthy foods be required to carry a warning label?
Should sodas 16 oz. or more be required to carry a warning label in Canada?
Should stores be banned from selling large sodas?
Should 7-Elevens in Surrey be required to include a warning label on their Big Gulps?
Sample topic: Should sodas 16 oz. or more be required to carry a warning label in Canada?
Who would be likely to collect and publish information on this topic?
What could you do if you can’t find the exact articles and information you want on your topic?
This will often be the case for more original topics.
But: risk + reward
“Add to folder” button allows you to email articles and APA citations to yourself
“Where can I get this?” link finds full-text for articles not included in the database
Here, you can limit to scholarly journals; refine your results by date, subject heading, geography, etc.
(with the 3Rs)
What information doyou need to cite?
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