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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.
- Find background information and use it to find more keywords.
For more research tips, check out our research guide.
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!
Encyclopedia of Earth
This on-line encyclopedia, published by the Environmental Information Coalition, contains articles on the Earth's natural environments and interaction with society.
Presents a broad range of scientific disciplines through extensive definitions, essays, diagrams, biographies, and experiments.