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Foundations of Research

This guide lays the foundation for critical research skills. You learn these skills in IS 101 and can review them at any time.

Ask A Librarian

Librarians are always ready to help with this assignment and others:

Walk up - Come to the 2nd floor library Service Desk.

Phone - Call 319-352-8506 for reference questions.

Email - Send your questions to "Ask A Librarian."

Chat - Use the chat button on the library's homepage.

Consult by appointment - Set up an individual meeting using the Information Consultation form.

Developing your topic

How to Choose a Topic

If you are stuck in the topic development phase, instead of starting with the "Finding sources" page above, start here for some tips on choosing a topic--then contact a librarian for further personalized assistance.

One of our databases, Credo Reference, has a mind map tool--like concept mapping deluxe.>

Right-sizing aTopic

As you begin to discover sources, you may realize your topic is too large or too small. From our friends at the U. of Guelph.

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