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ECON 2302.4002 Edson

Advanced Research Skills

Getting Started

Background Research

Start your research by doing some background research. Take time to engage in some mind-mapping exercises that will help you identify key subject terms. Encyclopedias and other reference resources can be used to help you refine your subject terms and the citations in these sources can be used to find more information on your topic.

Browse Encyclopedias     Browse Dictionaries    Concise Encyclopedia of Economics


Make a Plan

Consider how much time you have to complete your assignment and how hard it will be to get the resources you need for your topic. If you are finding your research difficult to manage, narrow your topic or break your research down into manageable sub-topics. If you are not finding enough information on your topic, try using broader subject terms.


  • The assignment is due in Nov., do some pre-searching now to ensure you have enough resources available for your topic.
  • The quality of your resources will impact the quality of your argument. Include at least one academic/scholarly resource to strengthen. Check the "Advanced Research Skills" tab of this guide for information on identifying scholarly resources.
  • Be sure to tie your arguement back to a microeconomic principle. Use your textbook or other reference source explore topics in microeconomics. The Concise Encyclopedia of Economics has an entry for microeconomics that includes links to related principles on the right-hand side.


Next . . .

1. Select a related research guide:


Economics Research Guide            Business Research Guide  

Current Events Research Guide      Sociology Research Guide


2. Start Searching the Library Catalog for books or search a recommended database for articles:

Note to Faculty

Are you a faculty member teaching courses in this subject? If so, you can recommend resources for this guide or request a course or assignment specific guide by contacting your faculty liaison librarian, Melissa Heselmeyer, at or 936-273-7020.