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ENGL 1130: Education: Define Your Topic

Define Your Topic

Think about your topic.  

 

 

Think about the words, phrases, and names of people or organizations that best describe your topic. Include related topics, concepts or ideas to help narrow (focus) or broaden (expand) your searches, as required.

Sample Topic:  

"the value of a liberal arts education"

Sample Topic:  

"is high school education preparing students for college"

 

Related Ideas; Broader & Narrower Terms:

  • higher education
  • postsecondary education
  • liberal arts
  • educational trends
  • college programs
  • educational theories
  • educational principles 
  • college curriculum
  • academic standards
 

Related Ideas; Broader & Narrower Terms:

  • secondary education
  • education, secondary
  • high School
  • educational trends
  • curriculum
  • educational theories
  • educational principles 
  • high school teaching
  • academic standards

Now that you've created a list of the terms that best describe your topic, use them to find books and ebooks, articles in scholarly journals, popular publication, and other resources.

Books & Background Information

Use the Library Catalogue to find books on your topic. Start with a KEYWORD search using words and phrases that describe your topic.

Search the library catalogue for books, audio visual and other materials:

      

 

When you find a book that addresses your topic well, make note of the SUBJECTS assigned to it. They will be useful in finding more information on the same topic.            

Want to cast a wider net with your search? Use OneSearch to search simultaneously for books, DVDs, streaming media and other resources in the Library's collection, as well as journal articles.

If you find that the number of items showing up in your search results is very large, use the limit options to the left of your screen to focus your search. You can limit your search to journal articles, books or other materials, as well as by date. You can also add more specific subjects to your search to create a narrow focus.