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When you begin any project, look for ways that you can narrow your topic and get more specific. This will help both your research and writing. The Research Triangle below offers a pathway to help you get more specific, no matter where you are beginning the research process.
Reference and Secondary Sources
Begin your research by getting some background on your topic. The following databases will provide you with both reference source material and more specific information. Start get an idea about broader, narrower, and related terms, and ways in which you will organize your thoughts.
Global Issues in Context (Gale)
This database offers international viewpoints on a broad spectrum of global issues, topics, and current events.
Global Warming Online
A reference database that provides an in-depth introduction to the concept and study of climate change.
As you advance in your research, you will want to incorporate more scholarly sources. The following databases will provide education-centric or peer-reviewed journal articles written by scientists, historians, researchers, and many other professionals.
Science Magazine Online (AAAS)
Online edition of Science (1997-Present) and the Science Classic (1880-1996) digital archive.
Explains important and contemporary developments in biology, chemistry, the environment, space, physics, and technology.
As you continue your research, you may wish to include popular press resources. These articles are not written for scholars or specialists, but rather for the general public. It is important to consider how a topic is discussed outside of academic communities, and examining popular press can give you that perspective.
International Newsstream (ProQuest)
Provides content from more than 660 of the world’s top newspapers, including The Times (London), The Bangkok Post, El Norte, Financial Times, The Guardian, Jerusalem Post, South China Morning Post, The Daily Telegraph, Asian Wall Street Journal, and the BBC Monitoring series of publications.
Scientific American Archive Online: 1993-Present
The archive currently contains the entire editorial contents of Scientific American Magazine, from January 1993 through to the present.
World News Digest
This database provides contemporary news from global organizations and publishers, magazines, websites, and government agencies.
Writing & Citation
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