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IAFS Honors: Develop Your Topic

A library guide for students in IAFS Honors

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As you begin to refine your topic, use the following resources for background information, keyword development, and to establish a solid understanding of your research topic. OneSearch is a good place to start developing keywords and concepts. These databases are a great place to find more in-depth background research

Here are some search tips to help you navigate the new OneSearch

Broadening and Narrowing









As you search, ask yourself: 

  • Who is the audience?
  • Who is the author and what is their motivation?
  • Who is the publisher and what is their motivation? 
  • Who is being left out of the conversation? 
  • Am I using the best terminology for the time period?