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ENGL 2000 (Rothenbeck Summer 2021)

Getting Started

Hi there! My name is Sarah Simms and I put together this online research guide to help you with your research process. If you need any help please don't hesitate to email me or set up an appointment - I'm happy to help!! 

Creating a Researchable Topic

A good topic for a research project is specific and answerable or arguable. "Climate change" is an idea, but not a fully fledged topic.

Ask yourself: Who, What, Where, When, Why, How?

  • Climate change = climate change + Louisiana + coastal erosion + efforts to solve

Keyword Generation

Research requires you to carefully consider the words you use when you search to get the most effective results.

Reverse engineer it! Here's an example topic and what keywords you might use to search for sources on that topic. Hint: consider words that are synonyms, are bigger or smaller ideas than your topic, and/or are related to your topic.

Why Louisiana French is on the decline and what’s being done to bring it back?

  1. LOUISIANA FRENCH: French Language, Cajun French, Francophone, Acadiana, Creole

  2. DECLINE: Loss, Ban, Assimilation, endangered language, extinct language

  3. BRINGING IT BACK: Preservation efforts, Council for the Development of French in Louisiana, Laws, Inclusion, Language Education ‚Äč

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