Center for Women and Returning Adults

Library Research 101

The first step of a search strategy is to choose a problem to investigate. In some cases you may have been assigned a list of topics from which to choose. If you are responsible for selecting your own research topic, here are some general suggestions:

1) Find a topic that interests you and that you can make interesting to your reader.
2) Limit yourself to an aspect of the topic that you can adequately research and write in the time allotted. Avoid broad generalities or narrow specialties.
3) Choose a topic that can be researched in IPFW's Helmke Library. You must be able to find the information that will support your ideas. By and large, the library does not collect materials that are not directly related to the curriculum.

Watch Choosing a Managable Research Topic to learn more