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Introduction to Doing Research

For those new or returning to research, this guide will help you to plan your research projects and use the library more effectively.

Choosing a topic

  • Choose a topic that you are interested in! The research process is more relevant if you care about your topic.
  • Narrow your topic to something manageable.  If your topic is too broad, you will find too much information.
  • Review the guidelines on topic selection outlined in your assignment.  Ask your Instructor for suggestions.
  • Talk about research ideas with a friend.  They may be able to help focus your topic by discussing issues that didn't occur to you at first.
  • Do a few searches using the Articles tab on the library home page  This can help you explore your topic and see if articles have been written on your topic.
  • To further explore choosing a topic, see this video that the Library has created: 

For additional information

This Brainstorm and Explore a Topic tutorial will help you work through the process of selecting a research topic.

  • Start with a Topic (Part 3): Select a topic that is of interest to you and researchable
  • Focus (Part 6): Focus your topic so that it is manageable and fits your assignment.
  • Research Questions (Part 7): Turn your topic into a research question.

from Clark College's IRIS: Information & Research Instruction Suite