As you explore a topic, you will begin to formulate questions about it that you can eventually turn into an inquiry question.
Start your exploratory research by looking for topics in these databases:
Opposing Viewpoints in Context
Opposing Viewpoints in Context provides full-text articles and reference material on wide range of social issues such as immigration, abortion, animal rights, biomedical ethics, gun control, gangs, homelessness, gambling, homosexuality, human rights, Islam, the Middle East, and racism. Search "food" to see pages about food.
CQ Researcher reports provide "in-depth, non-biased coverage of political and social issues, with regular reports on topics in health, international affairs, education, the environment, technology and the U.S. economy." Each CQ Researcher report is researched and written by a journalist and includes a "background and chronology, an assessment of the current situation, tables and maps, pro/con statements from representatives of opposing positions, and bibliographies of key sources." Search "food" to see reports about food.
Gale Virtual Reference Library
Gale Virtual Reference Library is a collection of full-text e-books that includes dictionaries, encyclopedias, and reference books in biography, history, literature, medicine, and more. Search for specific food topics.
When you have an inquiry question, search these databases:
Academic Search Premier
Academic Search Premier is a multi-disciplinary database designed specifically for academic institutions. It includes articles from academic journals, popular magazines, and major newspapers. All types of sources.
Expanded Academic ASAP
Expanded Academic ASAP offers balanced coverage on a wide range of topics including social sciences, humanities, education, science and technology, current events, and international news. Over three thousand periodical titles are indexed, and over 2,000 of them include full-text articles. All types of sources.
US Newsstream (ProQuest)
Provides full text coverage of national and leading regional papers such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA TODAY, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, The Atlanta Journal- Constitution, Barron's, The Boston Globe, The Guardian, The Christian Science Monitor, and The Washington Post. Newspapers only.
Book Search searches the listing of books and ebooks available at the Normandale Library.
Consider the source's –
A = Author
P = Publication
P = Point of View
S = Sources
Examples: GMO Articles
"What is GMO and are GMO Foods Safe?" by Emma Rose, Bulletproof Blog.
"Doctors Say No to GMOs: Studies Show Genetically Modified Foods Can Cause Infertility and Immune Problems" by Jeffrey M. Smith, Iowa Source Magazine
- Research is a process. You probably won’t find everything you need on the first try. You may need to do multiple searches or read some background information about your topic before contining to search.
- 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.
Choosing a Manageable Research Topic
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Library Faculty - Reference & Instruction
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