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||As tutors and librarians, we share the mission of promoting student success in the areas of writing, research, and in giving proper attribution to sources. When a student's professor requires them to support their writing with outside sources, we are here to help them find the most credible, relevant, accurate, and authoritative sources, as well as to advise them on proper citation of those sources in the desired format.
Librarians can help students to:
1.) Select and refine topics
2.) Develop research strategies
3.) Find appropriate sources in Printed and Electronic resources
4.) Provide advice on navigating the Internet for authoritative and reliable sources
5.) Cite information appropriately (In-Text and Bibliographies)
The Library website offers numerous ways for the students to ask questions and answers to frequently asked questions are posted on Ask a Librarian.
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Select A Topic
Before choosing a topic, make sure you understand your assignment and what your instructor is asking for. If you have questions, make sure to ask your instructor for clarification.
- Choose a subject area that interests you and that will interest the readers.
- Choose a topic that is current or highly debated by academics or other writers/presenters. Breaking, obscure, or up-and-coming topics may need creativity on your part or "original research" such as an interview.
You can get ideas for research topics from the following databases amd websites below:
CQ Researcher: Browse Reports By Topic
Browse the list of reports by topic to see all the reports related to health, social trends, criminal justice, international affairs, education, the environment, technology, and the economy in America
NY Times: Room for Debate
In Room for Debate, The Times invites knowledgeable outside contributors to discuss news events and other timely issues. Reader comments are moderated Monday through Friday.
Films on Demand This link opens in a new window
Films on Demand is a streaming video platform offering a robust collection of streaming videos for educational use. In addition to a core collection of content from educational video producer Films Media Group, Films on Demand streams content from a growing list of quality documentary sources. For help in using some of the more advanced features of this product, such as building playlists and sharing, contact a librarian.
A nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED's agenda is to "make great ideas accessible and spark conversation."
Public Radio - NPR.org
National Public Radio will offer high quality, current, in depth content.