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Step 1: Search Terms from Research Question

Starting Reaserch Question:

  1. The town’s history
  2. The town’s government (structure and current officials)
  3. The town’s industries, parks, landmarks
  4. The town’s population and demographics
  5. The town’s size (borders, area, etc.)
  6. The town’s topography
  7. The town’s role in the wider state and national community
  8. Notable residents of the town, past and present
  9. Controversies/notable events
  10. Why someone should visit


Step 2: Get Background Information


  • Overview   -   Gain a broad understanding of your topic
  • Definitions - Be an informed reader
  • Notable Names - Know the major players
  • Dates & Events - Contextualize your topic
  • Bibliographies - Fish those citations!

 General Encyclopedias


Step 3: Citation Chaining and Interlibrary Loan

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