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RDG 1300: Reading Improvement: Background Info

This course guide was created for James Dyer's RDG 1300 (Reading Improvement) class.

Learning More About Your Topic

Once you have selected a topic, it is helpful to find additional background information. What to look for when learning more about the topic:

  • Definitions
  • Keywords
  • Concepts
  • Events, people, and key dates
  • Facts surrounding the topic

Is There a Perfect Source?

“One Perfect Source?” YouTube.  libncsu. NC State University, 2014.

Did I Pick a Good Paper Topic?

It's okay to revise your paper topic!  Picking a good paper topic is research.

The Research Process

Researching is messy and you'll feel like you are going in circles sometimes, which is okay!  There are a lot of steps to go through before you start writing your paper.  This visualization can help you navigate your way through the process.

Pro/Con Arguments & Controversial Issues

These databases contain articles about on current issues, trends, pro/con arguments and controversial issues.They are helpful when beginning to research a topic that you are not familiar with or if you want to know more about what both sides are saying.

CQ Researcher

In-depth, unbiased coverage of health, social trends, criminal justice, international affairs, education, the environment, technology, economy, and global affairs.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Current social issues presented in topic pages with a variety of data on differing points of view.