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Designing Better Research Assignments

Shopping for a Research Topic

Help your students discover a research topic while they are doing research. This activity guides students through the process of picking a topic while using a library database (this example uses Points of View Reference Center). Have students copy and complete this worksheet during the planning stages of research. When complete, students will have:

  • thought about the assignment requirements (the research budget)
  • considered their interests (the wishlist)
  • browsed possible topic areas for inspiration (browsed aisles and sections)
  • and begin to gather some potential sources (filled their shopping cart).

Read the Complete Exercise and Copy the Worksheet

(Activity designed by Drew Wallace)

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