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Research Guide: Pasadena City College Shatford Library

General guide on using the resources of PCC's Shatford Library to conduct research and find information.

Develop a research plan

ASK QUESTIONS TO DEFINE YOUR TOPIC

   Who?        What?       Where?       When?          

             Why?         How?          So What?

What is the definition?

What other words could be used to research this topic?

What are some causes ?

What are some results or consequences ?

What larger social or political issues are related to this topic?

A 'concept map' may be helpful:


research concept map showing a large circle reading 'what is required?' with smaller circles overlapping it with labels such as 'definition' and 'recent examples'

[source http://classweb.gmu.edu/WAC/adjguide/academic_papers/identifying.html]