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FREN 431: French Culture Seminar: Getting Started

Get Started with Your Research

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, or use Credo Reference's Mind Map function.
  • Find background information and use it to find more keywords.


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France and French Literature

General Information

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!

Research Kickstarters

If you're unsure of exactly what you want your research to focus on, here are some great places to get started.

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Credo Reference has topic pages and compiles results from many reference works (like encyclopedias and dictionaries) while also providing links to external articles that Muskingum students have access to.  Furthermore, Credo's Mind Map feature helps users create interactive concept maps that can help narrow a vague or broad topic into something more workable.

Doing a basic search in Wikipedia is also a great place to get background information on a subject, which can narrow down those broad topics or lead to related ones that help build a project.

Electronic Book Center - Reference

Search full text of thousands of reference books in OhioLINK's Electronic Book Center to get background or general information.

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