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Reference Sources

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Handbooks, Companions and Critical Series (in print)

General Information

The Research and Reference guide provides basic information for getting started and understanding research in the college environment:

Just Getting Started?

Topic Finding and Thesis Formation

  • Follow your interest.
  • Look for tensions, anomalies and unanswered questions.
  • What assumptions have been made in previous scholarship surrounding a topic?
  • What critical approaches have and haven't been taken with certain topics?
  • Narrow or broaden an area of interest, and look for ways you can situate an argument within a larger argument, or in opposition to another argument.
  • Look outside of your primary field at other influences and factors that are related to your topic.

Initial Exploration