Choosing a topic is the hardest part. You want to choose something not too broad, but not too obscure. For RHE 306, you need to choose a topic discussed locally.
Explore local controversies. You can't pull a topic out of the blue - you need to see what is important in your local community. Start with broad keywords (traffic, startup culture) and see what the locals argue about:
Once you have chosen a topic discussed in the local press, you need to get a broader overview and learn more about it. Try these:
Doing research on the Web or in databases can be exhausting. That's usually because the words you're searching with need some help.
Do you know the answers to these questions about your topic?
Probably not! That means you need to do more research. What you learn about your topic will allow you to search more flexibly.
If my topic is ride sharing, here's what I learned so I can search more effectively:
Try searching here:
Sometimes you'll find info you don't trust, other times you'll wonder if the author is biased. Be skeptical with these questions:
Evaluate Sources (both print and Web sources)
Use these screenshots to search Nexis Uni, a database that includes major newspapers and magazines
Step 1: Choose "Advanced Search", then click on "News"
Step 2: Enter keywords in search boxes and set limiters, like "dates", "length", etc.
Step 3: On result page, more limiters can be applied to reduce the number of results retrieved.
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic License.