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Curley Family Library main page: English Research for Ms Crawford

Deciding on a topic and keywords

Keyword generator

You can use your computer to get keywords for your research question.  Here is one from Notre Dame.  I have also attached a frame by frame explanation to this.

Specific databases that might help

This database gives basic background on most of the topics you have been given to research.  Here is the link to the ABC CLIO databases ( there are more than one, please look for issues on the right hand column and select it as the one that you wish to search. When you open the issues database, use the tab marked topics and you browse an alphabetical list for subjects.  If you look at the next tab marked perspectives you can look at broad divisions such as Law and Justice or Science and Technology.




This database is essentially pro-con.  Here is the link, when you get to the opening page, click on SIRS Knowledge Source, once there you can do a topic browse which will allow you to "drill" down to such topics as cheating in sports or concussions in football.  You can also do a keyword search here.





Research topics provided by elLibrary will give you a brief overview of the topic and articles that cover the topic in depth . Find your Research Topic here. 


This is a general encyclopedia, remember you need to know a little about the subject before you start planning your research.  If you don't know enough to find keywords.  Try here

Handouts for the Project

Discovery service ( will search all library holdings)

Help Guides and Library Passwords

This link is for a listing of Library database passwords for home access.  Please note you will need to supply your Carroll email and password in order to see the guide.  It is the same one that I gave you in class.


Link to Noodletools site


Below is one of the sceencasts available from Noodletools, if you don't remember how to do something try this page and look for the video tutorials  (They do not have sound)! Look for more here.

How to write a thesis statement