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EES 110: Endangered Planet: An Introduction to Environmental Geology: Getting Started

UKCore class

The Research Assignment

Before selecting a topic or starting your research, make sure you understand your assignment and its requirements. Consider the following:

  • Have you been assigned a topic or can you pick your own?
  • How many pages/words do you need to write? How long is your presentation?
  • Do you need to include specific types of sources? (e.g., scholarly journal, book, government document)
  • When is the assignment due? How much time do you have to do your research?
  • Is currency of information important?

When in doubt, consult your instructor.

Topic Ideas

Can’t think of a topic to research? 

  • Scan your textbook for broad topic ideas.
  • Peruse current magazines and newspapers to see what catches your eye.
  • Browse encyclopedias.
  • Discuss potential topics with your instructor, a librarian or a classmate.

Suggested Sources for a Research Topic

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