Narrowing a Topic

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16 déc. 2012 (il y a 4 années et 10 mois)

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Ideas?

Dewey Decimal System

Choosing a Topic

How to Narrow a topic


Make a list of information that you already
know about the topic


Make a list of questions that you would like
to answer


READ

BUT WHAT?????

Background reading will help


Subject encyclopedias
--
browse


Wikipedia (I know you will go there) It
offers valuable hyperlinks and “related
topics”


Databases (general)
EBSCOHost
, Academic
Search Premier


Databases (specific) will vary with topic (ask
librarian)

Narrow by choosing a Perspective


Historical


Sociological


Psychological


Example:


“Scholars from different subject fields will approach your
topic from different angles and will bring different points of
view to bear on the subject. A specialist in genetics will
approach the topic
genetic engineering of plants

differently than
a nutritionist, an environmentalist, or an economist.”


http://www.library.illinois.edu/ugl/howdoi/topic.html



Narrow by Limiting


Time period


Place


Group or person


Aspects

Example

General Topic
: fashion

Time span
:1920s

Place
: US; urban; big cities (not rural)

Person or group
: youth; college age

Event or Aspects
: sexual attitudes; behavior; sociological

http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/college/11605_11640.cfm




Ask yourself Questions


What do you know about it? What don't you know?


What aspects of your topic interest you: historical,
sociological, psychological, etc.?


What time period do you want to cover?


On what geographic region do you want to focus?


What kind of information do you need?


A brief summary or a lengthy explanation?


Periodical articles, books, essays, encyclopedia articles?


Statistics?


Be Flexible

Be prepared to be flexible with your topic idea!



If it is too broad or vague you will find too much information
and will need to narrow the focus.



If it is too specific or specialized or new, it will be difficult
finding enough information to write your paper. In that case,
you will need to broaden your idea.


http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/college/11605_11640.cfm




Keep a record of your sources


Journal


Laptop

file


Use
NoodleBib
,
easybib
, citationmachine.net.
Googledocs
?



Whatever your mode of record keeping, be consistent with
keeping track of your sources and where they are located, in
addition to the DD#
of books.

Oh, the places you will search!


HS catalog (a start)


HS databases


All other libraries
--
public and county

You must go down to CPL
to register your GA card in order to use their databases. They also
have subject specialty librarians who can recommend databases
and books to you.


Journal Finder
is the Database to get full text articles


Special libraries

art museum, Natural History museum…


Google Books and Google Scholar


CCPL(Cuyahoga County PL)


Located in Beachwood at Shaker and Richmond Roads


You
must

go there to have them update your card so that
you can use their collection and their databases. (They do
have
Jewish News
archives)


OHIOLink

you can order a book from most any
college

library. To get to it, click on “Classic Catalog.” Look on the
right and click on the link.


Find books on your topic and place a hold, sending them to
Beachwood branch. This is an excellent
source for books
.

IB Trip to CPL