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Obesity in America

Kick start your research on the issue of obesity

Key Search Words

Use the words below to search for useful information in books including eBooks and articles at the MJC Library.

  • obesity
  • overweight persons
  • fatness
  • overweight
  • morbid obesity

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Start Learning About Your Topic

Background Reading:

It's important to begin your research learning something about your subject; in fact, you won't be able to create a focused, manageable thesis unless you already know something about your topic.

This step is important so that you will:

  • Begin building your core knowledge about your topic
  • Be able to put your topic in context
  • Create research questions that drive your search for information
  • Create a list of search terms that will help you find relevant information
  • Know if the information you’re finding is relevant and useful

If you're working from off campus, you'll need to sign in. Once you click on the name of a database, simply enter your student ID (without the W) and your six-digit birth date.

Top Picks:

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Create Research Questions to Focus Your Topic

Obesity is a complex issue with many causes and consequences. You could concentrate on one set of issues and do in-depth research on that or use several of the questions below to focus on the topic of obesity more generally.

  • Is obesity a serious problem?
  • What factors cause obesity?
  • Is obesity hereditary?
  • Is obesity harmful to your health?
  • Is obesity a physical or mental health issue?
  • What are the economic consequences to society of obesity?
  • Who should take responsibility for obesity?
  • What steps should be taken to fight obesity?
  • Should sodas and junk food be banned in school cafeterias?
  • Based on what I have learned from my research what do I think about the issue of obesity in America?

Find Books @ the MJC Library

Why You Use Books:

Use books to read broad overviews and detailed discussions of your topic. WorldCat logo

Where Do I Find Books?

Search WorldCat using the Key Search Words in this guide, or use words more specific to your topic to discover books, eBooks, videos, and more for your research. Use the search bar below to begin your search:

  


For complete instructions on using WorldCat check out our WorldCat research guide.

To access eBooks if you're off campus, you'll need to log in using your MJC student ID (without the W) and your six-digit birth date.

Featured Books:

Here are some great books to get you started on exploring your topic.

Find Articles in Library Databases

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Search the Web

Use the Web to explore cutting-edge topics and to read current information.

Google Scholar is a great way to use Google to find scholarly information on the Web. Search Google Scholar below:

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Cite Your Sources

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Click on a citation style below to learn how to cite your sources and format your paper using that style.