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Information Literacy: Topic development

What you need to know to do research at the college level.

1. Developing a topic (view two tutorials on this tab)

Topic development is an important but not always an easy task. This tutorial should give you some ideas about how to do it.

2. Using Wikipedia to develop a topic

Citing Wikipedia articles is generally not permitted for college assignments, mainly because there is no author associated with the article and therefore, authority cannot be established. Other encyclopedias may be used, and the Library offers a number of encyclopedias in database format. But Wikipedia is good for getting topic ideas, selecting keywords and their spelling, and to see how the article information is organized. As the tutorial illustrates, many articles also provide links to good sources.

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