Exploring Topics for Research
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EXPLORING TOPICS FOR RESEARCH
This guide is meant to introduce you to general information sources to generate research questions¬†and increase your familiarity with a¬†topic. Use the links in the boxes on this page to browse and search library databases, reference books, and web resources.
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Books in Hard Copy
- Inequality and Power: The Economics of Class Call number: HN65 .S38 2011 (Reference Area)
- Encyclopedia of Asian American Issues Today Call number: E184.A75 E53 2010 (Reference Area)
- Culture Wars: An Encyclopedia of Issues, Viewpoints, and VoicesCall number: HM1121 .C85 2010 (Reference Area)
- Cult Pop Culture: How the Fringe Became Mainstream¬†Call number: E169.12 .C767 2012 (Reference Area)
- Latinos & Latinas at Risk: Issues in Education, Health, Community¬†&¬†Justice¬†Call number: E184.S75 L3676 2015 (Reference Area)
- LGBT Youth Issues Today: A Reference Handbook¬†Call number: HQ76.27.Y68 N498 2014 (Reference Area)
- Trials of the Century: An Encyclopedia of Popular Culture and the Law¬†Call number: KF220 .J64 2011 (Reference Area)
- We Are What We Sell: How Advertising Shapes American LifeCall number: HR5805 .W394 2014 (Reference Area)
Search the catalog for other reference books¬†by setting LIMIT TO: REFERENCE
Search EBSCOhost’s eBook Collection for encyclopedia entries you can read online.
Explore¬†and discover topics being argued in¬†The Debatabase Book: A Must-Have Guide for Successful Debate (5 vols.)
Search or browse the Gale Virtual Reference Library database, an online collection of specialized encyclopedias and other reference sources.
How to Choose and Narrow Research Topics
Click on the link to open a guide via prezi on how to develop a research question.