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A library guide for research assistance for Professor Kelly Kulzer-Reyes' English 1500 classes.
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Research Paper

  1. Choose a preliminary topic/research question. You may start with one of the topics you chose from the book. Regardless, the topic should be inspired by the book ("My Heart Can't Even Believe It", by Amy Silverman). NOTE: It does not need to be a topic related to Down syndrome, but it should be inspired by MHCEBI.
  2. Narrow to a more specific topic. Do some practice research here. Check your topic for its research-worthiness. If you can't find peer-reviewed articles about your topic, stop. If you are using too many words in your search, you may not find what you're looking for, either. It's a Goldilocks situation: make sure your search terms are "just right".
  3. Once the narrowed topic/question is identified, use the Taft College library’s database to do a preliminary search for at least two peer-reviewed journal articles. Ask for help if/when you need it.
  4. Paste an image of the TC database page you accessed within a Word Doc. Create a screenshot. Simply paste the image into your Word doc. You have access to MS Word through Taft College. Use it.
  5. Then attach screenshots of your database search/find.
  6. Include a Works Cited page with the citations you find. Make sure to alphabetize your two peer-reviewed journal citations.

The information on the following tabs of this guide will help you identify keywords for your topic, find and evaluate different types of sources, and cite your sources.

For additional help using library resources, explore the library's Library Research Skills guide

For writing help, see the Taft College Learning Center for information about getting help from a writing tutor.