•Browse the new books in the Castleton library for current topics.
•Browse the magazines and journals in the Castleton library for current topics. Current issues are on display so you can browse covers. Or look at a stack of one magazine that covers an area of interest.
Browse reference ebooks on
Read All About It: Cultural and Natural Histories
A list of books in the Castleton library, many of which would be excellent sources for "explain a concept" research
You can Browse Issues in CQ Researcher. Click on a broad topic to see the list of subtopics. Reports include links to further sources. Or use the Issue Tracker to see a long alphabetical list of topics.
Has a "Debatabase" of controversial topics,
Video from North Carolina State University Libraries
1) Make sure you understand the assignment and all the requirements. Read the assignment handout more than once. Bring it with you to the library!
2) Choose a topic that is interesting to you and will be fresh for you and your audience. What is something that might be useful or interesting for you to know more about? An issue in your community? Something related to a career of interest?
3) Be flexible. Your original idea will probably morph several times before you are done, based on the information you find or don't find. You may need to broaden or narrow your topic. You may need to be flexible about the language you use for your topic, based on the searching and reading you do as you start your research.
4) Start reading. The more you know, the easier it will be to refine your topic and know what terms to search for.
Browse particular magazines or journals you know of that cover the kinds of topics you are interested in. You can browse and read some magazines and journals online.
To find one of interest, you can browse an alphabetical list or search for a title or subject
See if your magazine is included in a database. Click on the title of a database. For example:
Once you've opened the database, you can browse by date or search within that periodical.