About this guide
This library research guide (LibGuide) is intended to help you find information for assignments using the library databases (mostly). The steps progress from finding a topic, to finding general information on a topic, to finding more specific information on a narrowed topic.
I would love to know if you use this guide, if it's helpful, if you have suggestions!
Find a topic
You've been given an assignment to write a research paper/project. Your first step, and for some the most difficult, is to actually choose a topic you want to write about. Here are some suggestions:
- Start by thinking about topics you’d like to explore. Get ideas from the news, friends, other classes, etc.
- Look at CQ Researcher or FACTS.com. Both these library databases have features (“Need a research topic?”) to help you find a topic and narrow it down.
- Use Google or Wikipedia to throw out ideas and get some basic information. You won’t be able to cite these sources and your research can’t stop here. But you may find a topic and keywords to use in searching academic sources.
Accessing the research databases
Sierra College Library's research databases and electronic books are available from off-campus. When you click on a database link you will be prompted to log in with your MySierra username as the username and your student ID number (no spaces or dashes) as the password.