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Research Guides

American Language and Culture Program (ALCP): Getting Started

About Reference Resources

Why for an overview of your topic. These items usually contain background information and bibliographies (which direct to other sources).
Where 1st floor reference collection, reference databases
How begin with a broad topic search

Explore Your Topic

Develop a Search Strategy

  1. Find a topic
  2. Refine your topic
  3. Develop a research question 
  4. Brainstorm by creating a concept map and search terms
  5. Add boolean operators to optimize your search
  6. Use what you learn to continually refine your search

For more information, visit our Topics / Terms page.

Concept Mapping

Concept mapping is a creative and visual way to help you explore and refine your topic.  It can also help you determine subtopics and to brainstorm search terms.  Click on the link below to learn about concept mapping.

Learn about concept mapping through this step-by-step explanation.


Handout for creating your own concept map