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Beginning Research Tutorial

A tutorial on how to research information sources for assignments.

Customize Your Topic

Let’s say your assignment is to research "popular culture and video games." This is a broad starting point, which is a normal first step.

One way to customize your topic is to consider how different disciplines approach the same topic in different ways. For example, here's how your broad topic of “popular culture and video games" might be approached from different perspectives.

Discipline Possible Topics
Education Video games and special education

The effect of violent video games on behavior

Sociology Homophobia and misogyny in video game communities
Health The effect of video games on health and wellbeing
Music Composing music for video games
Computer Science Architecture of MMORPGs
Literature The role of storytelling in video games