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What Do I Write About? LRC@TCC

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  • Librarians have books that are designed just for the purpose of supplying ideas for research papers. Librarians also know whether the library collection contains information on various topics. Talk with your librarian or email requests for topic suggestions.
  • Use encyclopedias specific to your subject (examples). Use the library catalog and do a keyword search for your subject and the word "encyclopedia" ex. "science and encyclopedia" or "family and encyclopedia" or "crime and encyclopedia". Use the index in the encyclopedia to scan the many topics available.
    • From Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine: Blood alcohol levels, fatigue, pregnancy tests, patient education, etc.
    • From Encyclopedia of Family Life: Life expectancy, favoritism, twins, separation anxiety, primogeniture, etc.
    • From Congressional Quarterly Almanac: Crop insurance, bankruptcy, education savings accounts, medical privacy, minimum wage, religious expression, etc.
    • From Encyclopedia of Sociology: Same-sex marriage, risk, social roles, martial law, inheritance, emotions, belonging, etc.
  • Suggest a famous, or not so famous, person in your field of study. Use the library catalog and do a keyword search for your subject and the word "biography". For example, "science and biography" or "women and biography" or "business and biography".
    • From Notable Twentieth-Century Scientists: Alfred Stock 1876-1946, a German chemist who designed important chemical instruments.
    • From Encyclopedia of World Biography: "Chinese emperor Han Kao-tsu (ca. 247-195 B.C.) was the founder of the first major Chinese dynasty for which there are reliable and fairly full historical records".
  • Use the index in your textbook to see subjects covered by the class.
  • Browse magazine and journals available in the library.
  • Use the bibliography you find at the ends of chapters of books or at the end of a article.