This research guide is designed to help you find library resources to support your research in Ethnic Studies at HSU. Use the tabs across the top of the page to locate different types of resources.
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Choosing & Refining a Topic
Choosing a topic is extremely important when you're doing research.
Before you start searching for books and articles, spend some time thinking about the following:
- Write your topic in a brief sentence or phrase.
- Write down related words and phrases (also called "keywords").
- Ask yourself, "What about it?"
For example, my topic is:
U.S. and Mexico border issues for women
My keywords could be:
Some related terms are:
Brainstorming my topic in this way helped me to refine my topic. In answer to the question, "What about women living on the U.S. and Mexico border interests me?" I have come up with the following, more refined topic:
Why are women migrating to the U.S. border to work in the maquiladora industries in Mexico?
Now I can begin searching for books and articles that discuss this idea.