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For this tutorial, watch these three videos on picking your topic, brainstorming and searching. Then, do a practice search and use the Scan - Skim - Scan method to decide if an article is worth a really close reading. (If it is, you might want to check out the "Notetaking for Research" video.)
Picking your topic is research
DiscoverUR is a good place to start a general search to determine what's available for a given topic. You can use keywords, author name, or any other information to start.
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Reading strategies for vetting sources for close reading