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SOC 302: Environmental Sociology

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Research Help

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Exploring Topics

Selecting a topic for a research paper can be difficult. You may have a several ideas, but perhaps you're not sure how to explore them. Review a few of these resources to help you. 


  • Review Encyclopedia Britannica (library database) 
  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context, select Browse Issues (library database)
  • Search WorldCat (library's discovery tool)
  • Explore Human Rights Watch website
  • Review news sites such as Al-Jazeera and BBC

Finding Background Information in the Reference Collection

Get your research started by discovering the relevant background information on your topic. Examining an encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, and glossaries are great resources to start your research. The content often assumes no prior knowledge about a topic or subject and entries provide a general overview. You may also learn about the jargon associated with the subject or the discipline. 

The list below offers a selection of resources that may be helpful in finding background information for you topic.