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Do you have a topic, but you're not sure where to start? Try a few of these tips!
- Scan your textbook or assigned readings for ideas or for books and articles you can look for.
- Start to write down keywords and related concepts. Think of synonyms that you can use as keywords.
- Consider creating a concept map if you learn best visually. Try Mind42 or MindMeister for some cool online tools.
- Find background information and use it to find more keywords.
Sometimes when you're getting started on a topic, all you want is a good overview of the basics. The library has lots of resources to help you get just the facts, fast.
Reference books like encyclopedias, dictionaries, biographies, and more can be a great way to get basic information. Try searching our online reference collections below to find great articles on all sorts of topics!
Electronic Book Center - Reference
Resources on Authors and Works
Academy of American Poets
Excellent poetry resource containing hundreds of essays relating to poetry, biographies of more than 500 poets, nearly 2000 poems, and over 150 audio clips of poems.
For dozens, if not hundreds of major writers, poets and important English literary figures, who lived and worked in the 17th century or in the Renaissance or Medieval periods, you will find the following types of information: Quotes; Biographical Information; Indexes/Access to digitized full-text works; a number of works rendered in audio; relevant Essays/Articles (about or by); relevant Images; and Additional Resources.