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Use this guide to get started on your Final Research Paper



Research questions

Research questions

Evaluate your sources

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Do background reading on your topic

Use broad search terms (like those below) to find overview articles on your general topic in the Gale Virtual Reference Library:

  • Suicide
  • Alcoholism
  • Racism
  • Fear
  • Death
  • Sexual assault
  • Gender roles
  • Nuclear weapons
  • Global warming

Do further research on your narrower topic

Use more specific terms to find additional information on your narrowed topic in our larger databases:

  • climate change denial congress
  • end-of-life care
  • grief and loss

Using the Web effectively

The Web is a great place to find statistics, news and very current information. Most writers have personal websites or webpages hosted by their publishers.

  • When searching for reliable statistics, enter a search term, click Settings, then Advanced Search, then limit the domain to .gov
  • When searching for reliable information on writers, try limiting your domain to .edu
  • Use quotation marks for phrases that need to be kept together, such as:
    • "Losing Streak" Schulz reviews

Remember to carefully evaluate every source you find on the Web.

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