Choose a category from the Choose a Category pull-down list and browse through the topics.
Answer the following:
1. State the category you selected:________________________________________
2. Write down one topic that interest you:
3. It is a good idea to pick a topic of interest to you so that you are motivated to learn and
write a research paper on that topic. Explain why the topic you picked above interests
Once you click a topic from the Browse Issue list, you will be brought to a portal page where
information about that topic will be organized by publication type.
Opposing Viewpoints database is a great database to use for finding background information on many topics and also useful for considering ways to narrow your topic down.
On the right side of the page, under the On This Page heading, select the Reference link to find reference or encyclopedia articles, which present objective overviews on the topic. It is important to read reference articles at the beginning of your research so that you can learn about your topic and understand the common areas or issues of this topic:posing Viewpoints:
It is often helpful to create a concept map or take notes as you are reading through reference
articles. Go to the portal page for the topic you selected in #2. Browse through a few of the
Reference articles on this topic. Answer the following:
4. Write down some areas you could focus on for the topic you listed in #2. Consider how
you could formulate these into a research question to help guide your research:
When you are looking at an article in Opposing Viewpoints, you will notice that there is a Tools
menu on the right-hand side. The tools menu helps you to manage your results. You can email
any article in this database to yourself by clicking on the link. This is useful because
it can help you keep track of your results.
You are also able to generate the MLA, APA or Chicago Style citation for this article by clicking
on the link. Any informational source that you use to write a research paper/essay
will need to be given credit through citation. This citation, which contains information about the
source (author, title, etc.), will be included in a list at the end of your research paper/essay to let
your readers know where your information came from. You will learn more about citation in
next week’s lab assignment.
5. Write down the MLA citation for one of the Reference article you used to help you
discover focal points for your topic in #4 (for this exercise, you can leave out the URL at
the end of the citation): If you go back to the portal page, you will notice a number of other types of information sources that are available to you including magazine articles, newspaper articles, images, recommended websites, statistics, transcripts for audio programs and viewpoint articles. Viewpoint articles are useful because they take a stance on an issue and can help you formulate an argument for your research paper.
6. Based on Viewpoint articles, list an interesting argument/thesis you could make for a
research paper on this topic:
7. Write the MLA citation for the article that you used to help formulate your argument in
8. State an interesting fact from the article you listed in #7 that could help you support a
research paper/essay on this topic:
The library has many databases that can help you support your research as you continue to
explore and find additional in-depth sources of information to support your papers and essays.
Spend a couple of minutes looking at the list of databases. Find another interesting database and
explore it. Answer the following:
9. State the name of the database you chose to explore (please do not pick Opposing
Viewpoints) and describe what subject it covers (is it subject specific or multidisciplinary?).
10. What kind of informational sources/publications (magazine articles, videos, etc.) can you
find in this database?
11. State something interesting about the database that you discovered while exploring it.
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