To help you understand the research cycle and how to choose an appropriate topic, watch this topic video from North Carolina State University Library.
As you think about research topics and the question you would like to answer, search in a library database to get more ideas:
Opposing Viewpoints (Gale In Context)
Opposing Viewpoints (Gale In Context) provides full-text articles and reference material on a wide range of social issues.
Credo Reference contains dictionaries, general and subject encyclopedias, biographies, handbooks, atlases, and more.
Gale eBooks is a collection of full-text e-books including encyclopedias, dictionaries, and other reference books in biography, history, literature, medicine, and more.
Academic Search Premier is a multi-disciplinary database designed specifically for academic institutions. It includes articles from academic journals, popular magazines, and major newspapers.
Academic OneFile (Gale)
Academic OneFile offers sources on a wide range of topics from scholarly journals and magazines and newspapers.
JSTOR contains hundreds of scholarly journals from all disciplines. Full text coverage varies by journal.
ProQuest News & Newspapers
Provides full text coverage of thousands of U.S. and international newspapers. Includes the former ProQuest Newsstand collection, now named Global Newsstream.
Book Search searches the listing of books and ebooks available at the Normandale Library.
Still stuck? The Library has lots of databaes. Try looking in this list for more options:
Article Databases by Subject
All of the library's online collections, organized by subject.
Narrowing down your research topic makes your research easier and increases your ability to persuade your audience. As you begin researching, look for opportunities to narrow your research question.
Choosing and Using Keywords
If you can’t find much on your topic, try different keywords. Using synonyms or broader related terms can help you find more articles. As you research, be on the lookout for new keywords to use.
Research is a process. You probably won’t find everything you need on the first try. You may have to try several library databases to find all the information you need.
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A guide to APA citation format based on the 6th edition of the APA Publication Manual.
APA Formatting and Style Guide (OWL at Purdue)
APA (American Psychological Association) is most commonly used to cite sources within the social sciences. This resource, revised according to the 6th edition of the APA manual, offers examples for the general format of APA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the reference page.
MLA Formatting and Style Guide (OWL at Purdue)
This website offers examples for the general format of MLA research papers, in-text citations, and the Works Cited page.
MLA Quick Guide
See MLA citation examples for the most common types of sources (8th edition).
Consider the source's –
A = Author
P = Publication
P = Point of View
S = Sources