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Student Research Guide Template: Home

This is the template for how students should create their research guides.

Introduction to the Topic

DIRECTIONS: In this box, write a one-two paragraph summary of your topic. What is your focused thesis? What are the specific research questions you want to answer? This is also a good place to put a "trigger warning" if your topic is potentially controversial or upsetting. Please be mindful of your ethical role in providing information to the general public. You don't know who will be reading and using these guides for information. Be responsible for what sites you link to.

Keywords for searching the topic

DIRECTIONS: This can be a bulleted list of keywords and phrases that you recommend others use to research the topic.

Example: 

  • PRP
  • Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy

Best Databases/Search Engines

DIRECTIONS: Please use this format to list the best databases or search engines that you used. You should include at least 2 SVC databases (eg: Academic Search Complete, Credo Reference, Opposing Viewpoints, etc.) If you use OneSearch, please indicate which database it came from (check the "Get It" part of the OneSearch Record to find this:

Start Your Research Here

DIRECTIONS: Please use this box to list your favorite reference resources that you found were most helpful to define the topic and why they were helpful (Hint: use the Reference Search Activity for this). Use of Wikipedia is discouraged, but sometimes it can't be avoided.  Aim for 2-3. Only ONE Wikipedia article is allowed and If you use Wikipedia, please make sure you explain why this was useful to you, compared with any other reference tools. Cite all sources using correct MLA citation style and include an annotation explaining what the source is, how it fits with your topic, and its authoritativeness.  (HINT: Use the Rich HTML Editor here)

For articles that link to library databases, be sure to link the title of the article with the Record URL or Permalink that includes ezproxy.library.skagit.edu in the link. 

EXAMPLE:

"Climate Change: Should the U.S. Government Take Aggressive Steps to Combat Climate Change?" Issues & Controversies, Infobase, 5 Nov. 2019, https://icof.infobaselearning.com/recordurl.aspx?ID=2015. Accessed 13 Dec. 2019.

This article provided a good overview of the climate change issue and mostly focused on whether government should have a role. This directly addresses my research question. The source was useful for background information and to help generate keywords.

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