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Welcome to the Wayne G. Basler Library at Northeast State Community College
Getting Started with Research
Learn about the research process from topic to writing and citing. Find information about locating sources such as books, articles, and films.
In some cases, your professor or instructor will give you a topic. In others, you need to come up with your own. Here are some places to get ideas:
Conversations with others
Visiting your professor's office hours
Consulting with your Librarian
Inspiration from your environment
Getting Started with Research - Choosing a Topic
Picking Your Topic
Sometimes you have too many ideas... or you have no idea where to begin.
Make sure you understand your assignment. Talk to your professor or graduate assistant if you have any questions.
Think about your interests. What would you like to spend time learning more about? Look over your course materials and lecture notes for ideas. Write down a list of keywords and phrases that interest you.
Use a topic ideas database such as Opposing Viewpoints in Context or SIRS Knowledge Source. Read current periodicals, browse the internet, and check out reference resources and encyclopedias such as Oxford Reference and Gale Virtual Reference Library.
Be careful not to pick a topic too narrow or too broad. You might not be able to find enough relevant information or you might be overwhelmed with too much information. As you start your research, you might need to adjust your topic.
Check out the Research Guide for your subject area, which will include links to helpful resources.
Choosing Your Topic is Research (Video Tutorial)
Watch this short video from NC State University Libraries about choosing a research topic.