By: Derek Murphey
Working on a term paper requires the student to exert tremendous effort and concentration. And because of the huge amount of time researching consumes, students feel limited to focus on the writing part. To concentrate more on the discussion, students just depend on the few initial researches made.
Finding research materials is a breeze when students know where to find information. To help students know which places to look, what strategies to apply, and which persons to consult, here are a few tips to find research materials for term papers:
1. Find books that give general information for broad subjects. These resources can be text books and encyclopedias. After each article, these general information books provide bibliography wherein the student can easily locate the authors or writers.
2. Read educational magazines and journals. Similar to general informational books, educational magazines and journals also provide a bibliography section at the end of each study. The student can use the list of related references for their term paper.
3. Use online library search tools. Upon locating the names of authors or researchers, the student may type in the names in the online library search tool. This way, the student can find related write-ups of the author which he or she can use for the term paper.
4. Scan the library catalogue. Spend some time scanning through the library catalogue because there might be related resources which students may not recognize at first.
5. Consult the professor regarding materials that can contribute to the topic. For example, when a student works on a topic about linguistic anthropology, professors who are experts in anthropology and linguistics can give a few references that will help the students find related books or articles for their term paper.
6. Speak to your librarian. Librarians may seem to be very strict and unapproachable, but this is a misconception. These librarians can give directions to the student as to where they can get very informative research materials for their term papers. Sometimes, the library has restricted sections which are not usually open to all visitors. Students can try their luck - there may be jewels waiting to be unearthed there.
7. Search the internet. The internet is a huge library where students can easily locate information with just a few clicks. However, they should be careful when using information from the internet for their term paper because of false, unscreened information.
Remember, researching materials for a term paper does not need to be a big sacrifice the student's time. The student just needs to observe and build a network of contacts.