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Research Project Helpers

Get Started! Library Research 101--A Quick and Easy Guide to Using TCC Library Resources

Please use the tabs above to find articles, books, websites, and more for your assignments.

Use the Searchpath Interactive Tutorial Modules to learn how to find, evaluate, and use information more effectively.

Searchpath Module 1  - Starting Smart - Interactive Tutorial

For an introduction to how to begin thinking about a research project, take a look at this Searchpath tutorial module, "Starting Smart," which explains some of the basics. 



Finding a Research Topic

Searchpath Module 2-Choosing a Topic-Interactive tutorial.

Quick tips:  Select a topic that interests you

  • Read some background information about your topic
  • State your research topic as a single sentence or question--what are you trying to find out?
  • Brainstorm keywords that describe your topic

Narrowing a topic:

If you are describing your topic in one or two words, like "crime," "death penalty," or "smoking," it is too broad.  If you are finding hundreds of potential sources, your topic is too broad.  A good, managable topic addresses a specific question or situation.

Try the research database collections listed below to browse for topic ideas:


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