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Chicana & Chicano Studies (CHIC) -- Health Focus: Starting your research

Research resources for the study of health issues in the Chicano Community

Get started with your Chicana and Chicano Studies research

Suggestions for getting started with your research in Chicana and Chicano StudiesMaya Scribe

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: Resources should be no more than 10 years old
      • Example: Limit to resources published since 2000
    • Is there a minimum number of resouces and/or resource types needed?What citation style is required: APA, MLA, Chicago, Turabian, Other?
      • Example: Your reference list must contain at least 10 scholarly resources
      • 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.
  • 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
    • The materials you need will be checked out, missing, or not owned by the libraryYou might not be able to get in touch with your professor.
      • Items that are checked out can be recalled, but it may take two weeks to get them back for you.
      • If you give us enough time, we can get a hold of things we don't own or that are missing via ILLIAD (InterLibrary Loan)