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Research Paper Help

The videos and other resources on this guide are designed to help you learn more about the research process. Learn about how to refine your topic, structure an effective search, use a database record, search on the open web, cite your sources, and more.

Topics and search terms

Quick Check: Topics and Database Searching

Sometimes the most difficult part of finding information that is relevant to your interests is finding the right search terms. Look at this slideshow for a series of examples of research topics, and how those research topics might be turned into effective database searches. And remember, often your very best searches come after several tries -- you learn more about what search terms to use after you examine search results from less useful searches. Use database subject terms, abstracts, and open web Google searches to help find more effective terms and synonyms.