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Global Studies

An overview of the library resources available for the Global Studies program.

The Research Process

  • Start your research early. 
  • Make sure your professor approves your topic!
  • Read actively and critically.
  • Write as you go. 
  • Think about your sources and evaluate them thoroughly.  Peer-reviewed sources are generally more reliable.

Resources to Help

Document your sources carefully.  

  • RefWorks, a citation management software program, can save you time and effort! It is available for free for NYU students.
  • The Library also provides the premium version of EasyBib.

The time has come. You can’t avoid it any longer. You are going to have to write a paper. How do you get from this realization to the finished product?

First, unless your instructor assigns a specific topic, you’ll need to think of one. This is often the toughest—and the most crucial—part of the process. Fortunately, the library can help!  By following this series of steps, you can figure out your topic and be handing in that paper before you know it.

Click the links for details on each step:

  1. Explore ideas for potential topics.
  2. Ask a specific question about the topic you've chosen.
  3. Make lists of keywords relating to your topic.
  4. Use reference sources to help you refine your topic.
  5. Determine what kinds of scholars and experts would be interested in your topic.
  6. Based on the evidence you've collected, answer your research question with a clear statement.
  • Try to think of other ways of saying your keywords. You probably already know more than you think!
  • Talk to people – friends, family, professors, and librarians. What words do they use?
  • Use general internet searches academically – Google and Wikipedia can help you figure out the keywords and concepts for your topic. These are where you start your research, not where you want to end up!
  • Be creative – Imagine the perfect article for your topic. What might it be called?
  • Use the tools within databases to help you. Most databases offer “suggested searches,” links for “subject headings,” and other tools that  help you think about your topic in new ways.
  • Think like a journalist. Ask yourself:  Who? What? Where? When? and Why? The answers can help you figure out what aspects of a topic are most interesting to you.

When you are writing a paper or doing research on a topic, you must cite your sources.  This guide will show you how.