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WRTG 105A Writing and Living Mindfully (Barber)

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Andrea Kingston
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Rush Rhees Library, Rm. 106
755 Library Rd, Rochester, NY 14627

Picking a Research Topic

You are ready to begin researching a topic when you can answer the following questions:

  • What problem are you trying to solve?
  • Who cares about this problem and why?
  • What have others already done to solve this problem? Where are the gaps in that work?
  • What is your proposed solution to the problem?
  • What's new about your approach?
  • How can you demonstrate it is a good solution?

Adapted from How to Choose a Research Topic

Finding Background Info

Like encyclopedias and dictionaries, handbooks are useful for getting a feel for a topic and gathering background information that can inform your research or suggest potential subtopics or keywords. These handbooks offer overviews of various aspects of mindfulness.


DiscoverUR searches many of the library's resources at once. This is a powerful, fast research tool!

For a basic search, enter your keywords in the search box. If necessary, use the filters on the left side of the search results page to narrow down your results.

Tip: When off-campus, you may be asked to log in with your NetID & password to access resources.

More Ways to Find Research Articles

You can also find articles using a library database.

A library database is an organized collection of articles that lets you search search for a particular topic, article, or book in a variety of ways (e.g., keyword, subject, author, title).

Materials and information available in a library database may never appear in a Google Scholar search, or in a Google search. If Google isn't giving you what you need, try one of the databases below: 

Citation Help

There are many resources for help with writing on campus.

For some easy-to-use guides to citing in MLA, APA, and other popular citation styles, go to our Writing and Citing guide.

The Writing, Speaking and Argument Center can help you at any stage of writing.