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English Composition: Instructor Resources

Formulating a Research Topic

As the image to the right attests, students find getting started the hardest part of the research process. You can help your students by making sure that they have a good topic - one that is nuanced, that can be managed, and that can be researched.  Work with your students to help them develop and choose good topics and research questions. 

The following activities can be used to help students formulate a research topic:

Checking your sources

Why Students Need Help Finding Information

Spread of fake news

Evaluating Online Information

As part of our Library Training, instructors completed this online information credibility activity based on Stanford's Research on how experts determine credibility.

Other tutorials

You may self-register for Library Tutorials in D2L. Then link to Library Tutorials in D2L from your course pages and ask your students to self-register.

Students who complete tutorials will automatically receive a certificate that they can submit to any course. The certificate is issued when a student receives 80% or higher on the tutorial quiz.


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Jeremiah Paschke-Wood
Main Library A403
(520) 621-7236