Chicana & Chicano Studies (CHIC): Starting your research
Getting started with your research
- Before you begin, consider
- Select and refine your topic
- A note on terminology for Chicanas and Chicanos
- Research Methodologies
Before you select a topic be sure that you:
Understand the Assignment--
What kind of resources can/should you use?
Example: Only use peer-reviewed journal articles
Example: Use scholarly/academic sources
Are there any publication date limitations?
- Example: Limit to resources published since 2000
- Example: Resources should be no more than 10 years old
- Is there a minimum number of resouces and/or resource types needed?What citation style is required: APA, MLA, Chicago, Turabian, Other?
- Example: Your work cited list must contain a minimum of 2 scholarly books, 3 peer-reviewed journal articles, and no more that 2 web sites.
- Example: Your reference list must contain at least 10 scholarly resources
When is the final product due?
- Are there any benchmark or component dates such as topic selection; initial bibliography, first draft or a presentation date?
Ask your instructor right away if you do not understand something. She/he created the assignment and she/he will grade it, so it is her/his definitions that will count.
Your time is precious. You do not want to waste time doing something you do not need to do.
Do not wait until the last minute-- One or more of the following items will happen:
- Machines will break down
- Access to the INTERNET will go down
- A database will be offline
- You might not be able to get in touch with your professor
- The materials you need will be checked out, missing, or not owned by the library
- If you give us enough time, we can get a hold of things we don't own or that are missing from the library via resource sharing (CSU + or Illiad, Interlibrary Loan)