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Identifying a Topic

Before you start thinking about topics, it's important that you understand your assignment guidelines. Thoroughly read through any instructions that were given to you and your syllabus, noting any restrictions and/or suggestions. If you have any questions, be sure to ask your instructor.

Brainstorm Topics

Consider your course, and its larger field of study - what about it interests you?

Review your textbook and note any chapters or subjects that you'd like to investigate further.

What's happening in the world today that significantly impacts YOU? Through the lens of your course and assignment, how might you explore it? Utilize CQ Researcher to browse trending issues.

Starting Your Research

Reference sources, like encyclopedias and dictionaries, are a great place to start your research because their articles provide a broad overview of your topic. From these sources, you can extract keywords for further searching.

This list is not exhaustive, but is intended to give you an idea of what is available.

Electronic Reference Books

Print Reference Books at the UHWO Library

Our reference collection (print) is located on the second floor. Look for the shelf marked REFERENCE. These books are for library-use only. Generally speaking, items related to the topic of Anthropology have call numbers in the range of GN-GT and items related to Archaeology tend to be in the CC section, so start in these areas if you're browsing. Listed below are some of the titles you'll find in our Reference Collection.