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How to Pick 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 Research Articles the Easy Way

The easiest way to search for research articles is to use Google Scholar.

  • If you're on campus, Google Scholar will automatically connect you to all of the University of Rochester's resources.
  • If you're off campus, follow the instructions below. 

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 Tracking: Finding articles by citation

Once you have one (or more) useful article on a topic, use the references at the end of article to find more sources on your topic using our Citation Search tool.  This helps you see what was written previous to your current article, often called citing backward.


Use Google Scholar to see who has cited your article after it was published.  This helps you see what has been written after your article was published, citing forward.



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