SEARCH KENT STATE
Before you begin any research for an assignment, it is important that you plan a research strategy so that you have time to complete your work. Here are a few tips to consider:
Procrastination is not a good plan. Begin work on your assignment early in case you need request library materials, edit rough drafts, and revise your work. Working on an assignment at the last minute tends to yield a poorly written paper.
Always use the resources available such as the library and tutoring center to help you improve the quality of your assignment.
Be aware that selecting a good topic may not be easy. It must be narrow and focused enough to be interesting, yet broad enough to find adequate information. Before selecting your topic, make sure you know what your final project should look like. Each class or instructor will likely require a different format or style of research project.
Often, for program-related courses, you will be asked to identify and write about an important issue or challenge in your field.
Here are some ways to begin:
Try a search that is similar to:
Often, instructors will require you to research a topic that fits a given theme. For example, for an English 1 class you are asked to write about a topic related to an environmental issue. Now you have several choices for exploring for a specific topic: (you can also explore the videos on the left!)
which provides full text for more than 4,000 scholarly publications covering academic areas of study including social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, language and linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences, and ethnic studies. To begin, try a keyword search:
Once you do, you'll find a summary entry that will provide context and background:
The next step is to browse the 'Related Topics' index for a subtopic that could be of interest to you:
If there isn't a good idea in the list, look for a 'See More' link. Or, try clicking around on the links to find another topic related to those listed. Hopefully one of these will be of help.
And notice it has a dropdown for categories of issues.
We suggest trying a Google Advanced Search (look for this symbol after you search: ) You will have more options for searching. Enter some terms you associate with your research theme:
Especially early in the semester, faculty might assign you a paper that asks you to explore a topic with which you have some familiarity. Perhaps you will also be asked to add to that knowledge by consulting other sources.
On occasion, some students resist the idea that they need to explore beyond what they already know about a topic. However, as an emerging writer, college research means reviewing what is known about a topic, collecting relevant detail and examples, and sharing and acknowledging the work of experts and journalists.
Although you might very well know important facts about your topic, your writing will be helped by including data, expert opinion, and corroborated facts that you reference in your papers.
This is a great site for explaining complex systems and providing technical descriptions.
Certainly try the web to search for news on a topic, or even browse a topic for news coverage. If you have trouble, it might make sense to try some of the Library Database options below.
Many of our databases index and provide access to the full text of articles for many current publications. Often, with a bit of practice, it is easier to find relevant news content through databases than it is to find them on the web. Databases also provide both text-to-speech capabilities and automatic citation generation.