1. Choose a topic
This is almost the hardest part of a research project, so you should give it much thought and attention. Choose a topic that
2. Learn about the general topic you have chosen.
You may be tempted to leave out this step, but you will be glad in the long run if you do not. Learn what others have done before you and benefit from their research instead of trying to do it all yourself. Learning about the topic in general will help you
3. Narrow or broaden your topic based on what you have learned.
After you have developed a general understanding of the topic and its context, you will need to refine your topic--narrow or broaden it, depending on what your preliminary research has uncovered. Ways of refining include
These are sources you will use to find out general, background information about the topic you have chosen before you begin to refine it. Sources of background information include
To find what other scholars and researchers have written about your topic, locate books and articles on it. These are called secondary sources.
To find books, use the main search box on the library home page or the library catalog.
To find articles, use databases that the library has subscribed to. Recommended databases for Asian Studies are listed under the Articles tab of the Asian Studies Subject Guide.
If you are writing a paper in history or literarture, you will often use primary sources. For help in finding these, see the Primary Sources tab on the Asian Studies Subject Guide.