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Social and Human Services Resource Guide: Developing a Research Topic

 Criteria for Choosing and Developing a Research Topic

Think about:

  1. Your interests - What do you care about?

  2. Your assignment - What are the requirements?

  3. Background information - Use library databases instead of Wikipedia

  4. Two methods for choosing a topic: (there are others)

    • The five W’s - Who, What, When, Where, Why

    • Brainstorm mapping, aka, mind or concept mapping

  5. Choosing keywords: Review from Library Tutorial

Choosing a Research Topic 

Video Resources

Source: Steely Library, Northern Kentucky University, Youtube

Source: New Literacy Alliance, Youtube

Choosing Keywords (from your Library Tutorial)

Source: University of Alberta Libraries, Youtube