Before you begin looking for source material, you should have completed some background reading in sources like your textbook, assigned readings, and/or encyclopedias to help you select an appropriate topic. We can now begin to develop and implement strategies for finding sources that you will read and integrate into your work.
The key activities you will complete in this stage are as follows:
If you’re having trouble finding sources, check the Research by Subject guides for subject areas that relate to your topic to find relevant databases and other recommended resources. Consider trying alternate keywords and/or getting help from a librarian. You may also want to return to “Choose a Topic” and consider re-defining or narrowing your topic. Contact your librarian for help developing your search strategy and identifying the best databases and other resources to find information about your topic.
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