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University 101 Research Guide: Topic

Standard 1

Know your information need!

  • Choose and focus a topic
  • Read background information on the topic
  • Distinguish and choose information intended for scholarly or popular audiences published in books, journal & magazine articles, or on the Internet as appropriate to the topic

Beginning Research

Your College Experience, Chapter 10

Choosing, Narrowing, and Researching a Topic, pp. 213-214

Using the Library, pp. 214-216

Scholarly Articles and Periodicals, pp. 216-219

Books, pp. 219-220

Online Reference Sources

The Beginning Research Module discusses the importance of reference books in exploring and focusing a topic.  Below are several important online reference collections available through USC Upstate Library.

Scholarly and Popular Periodicals