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ECO 499 - Senior Research Seminar: Starting Your Research

Find a Topic

Finding 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?

Example idea for a topic:


What do I want to know about sweatshops?

   Who runs them or works in them?  Is there an economic impact? Where are they located? What industries use them?

Narrow down your topic:

The economic impact of using sweatshop labor in Bangladesh.

Meet with a Librarian

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. Zoom or in-person available.