Starting your research

Pick a research topic:

  • Read your syllabus (assignment instructions).
  • Pick a topic that interests you and meets the assignment instructions.
  • Narrow or broaden the scope of your topic so that it is "doable."

What's scope? Scope refers to the "people, places and things" or "who, what, when and where" that you are studying.

Identify key concepts:
Define and get an overview of your topic or find definitions of key terms and concepts:

Government Information - covers a world of subjects including public policy issues, legislative documents and statistics that enrich research.

Newspapers& Magazines (use Boolean Operators)

Explore News Guide for more news-related resources
Tips for searching newspaper databases

Content last reviewed: April 30, 2021