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US 101: First Year Seminar

This guide will help you complete your research assignment for US 101.

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" "Refining Your Research Topic

This short overview of topic selection will walk you through how to choose a topic for a research assignment, how to expand your topic if you aren't finding enough information,  and how to narrow your topic if you're finding too much information. 

 


" "Identifying Keywords

Identifying keywords to use when searching the library databases will save you time and frustration in the long run.

This tutorial will show you how to identify the main concepts of your research and turn them into searchable keywords.

 


" "Searching the Databases 101

Unlike Google, the library databases do not provide the best results when an entire research question is entered into the search box. Because of this, it can often feel overwhelming when beginning your research. This tutorial will show you the best way to get started in the databases and give you some tips on how to avoid frustration when searching.