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ENG 111

Locating and Evaluating sources for scholarly research

Picking Your topic IS Research!


Before selecting a topic or starting your research, make sure you understand the assignment and its requirements. 

Consider the following:

  • Have you been assigned a topic?  Can you pick your own?
  • How many pages/words do you need to write? How long is your presentation?
  • Do you need to include specific types of sources? (e.g. scholarly journal, book, etc.)
  • When is the assignment due? How much time do you have to research?
  • Is currency of information important?

Always clarify questions you may have with your professor.


Can't think of a topic to research?

  • Scan your textbook for broad topic ideas
  • Look over current magazines and newspapers to see what catches your eye
  • Browse print and electronic encyclopedias
  • Discuss potential topics with your instructor, a librarian, or a classmate




Image source: Train stuck in snow. 1881. Elmer and Tenney. Public Domain.  Wikimedia Commons.

Credo Reference: Explore Topics in a Reference Database

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