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ECO 499 - Senior Research Seminar: Starting Your Research

Find a Topic

How Do I Find a Topic?

1. Think about what ideas have interested you during class discussions or readings.

2. Look through newspapers, magazines or journals, such as Economist, Business Week, Time, Wall Street Journal, for ideas.

3. Have you seen or heard anything interesting through other media outlets?

Here is an example:

1. What general topic interests you?

         Sweatshops

2. What do you want to know about sweatshops?

Ask yourself who, what, where, when, why questions to help you focus on specific aspects of your topic: 

   Who runs them or works in them? 

   Where are they?

   What industries use them? 

3. Narrow down your topic:

The economic impact of using sweatshop labor in Thailand.

ECO 499 Library Research Worksheet

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Schedule an individual consultation with a research librarian through this link.  A librarian is happy to help you at any point in the research process, from helping you develop a topic for your project, to finding information, to helping with citations.