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Resources and helpful tips for research in education.

In This Guide

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Choosing a Topic & Developing Research Questions

Do some background reading.

Reference sources can help build your background knowledge, point you to topics and keywords, and suggest more reading. Listed in this guide are a few general online reference databases and some subject-specific reference books (both print and online).

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TIP: Brainstorm

Take two minutes to write down as many words, ideas, and questions related to a potential topic that you can think of. What do you find interesting? What do you want to know more about? What doesn't make sense?

Reference Sources

Explore these reference sources from Preus Library as you get started on your research.

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A reference source summarizes facts and concepts on a topic and provides useful background information. Reference sources include dictionaries and encyclopedias.

General Online Reference Sources


Specialized Reference Works (Print and Online)

Research Tutorials

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