Thursday, September 17, 2009

EBSCOhost Research Starters “…where research begins”

There are a number of ways to get ideas for research topics. You can get ideas from issues or events that interest you, discussions in class, textbooks and books you have been reading, or journal articles that identify current research topics. If the topic is new to you, you will need to gather some background information that will help you understand the topic better and this information may also be useful for introducing the topic in your paper or presentation. Sometimes it can be difficult to determine where to start.

TWU Libraries now has access to the EBSCOhost Research Starters databases for Business, Education and Sociology. These databases provide a starting point for finding information that will help you gain an understanding of key topics in various subject areas. Most of the articles are no more than 3,000 words in length which provide broader subject coverage than the average textbook or encyclopedia but are still short enough to be easily digestible. The Research Starters databases include: Abstracts, Topic Overviews, Glossaries of Terms & Concepts, Suggested Reading Lists, Further Insights/Applications, Keyword Lists, Bibliographies, as well as Viewpoints/Issues/Discourse.

Research Starters - Business
articles are sorted among nineteen categories, each of which contains between ten and forty article topics such as Accounting, Actuarial Science, Business & Government, Business & Public Policy, Business Information Systems, Business Law, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Health Care Management, Information Technology, Insurance & Risk Management, International Business, Law, Management, Manufacturing, Marketing, Operations & Information Systems, and Statistics.

Research Starters - Education
articles are sorted among twenty-four categories, each of which contains between ten and thirty-five article topics: Early Childhood Education, Public School Education, Adult Education, Special Education, Physical Education, Extended Learning, Service Learning, Education & the Law, School Administration & Policy, School Safety, Curriculum Organization, Politics, Government & Education, History of Education, Educational Theory, Teaching Methods, Technology in Education, Testing & Evaluation, Educational Psychology, Multicultural Education, English as a Second Language, Alternative Education, Teacher Education, Guidance & Counseling, Research in Education, Higher Education, and International Perspectives.

Research Starters - Sociology
articles are sorted among twenty-six categories, each of which contains between four and thirty-five article topics: Aging & Elderly Issues, Culture, Day to Day Social Interaction, Deviance & Social Control, Educational Sociology, Family & Relationships, Global Stratification, History of Sociology, Population, Urbanization & the Environment, Race & Ethnicity, Research Methods, Sex, Gender & Sexuality, Social Change, Social Interaction in Groups & Organizations, Social Issues & Public Policy, Social Movements & Collective Behavior, Socialization, Societies, Society & Technology, Sociological Theory, Sociology & Related Fields, Sociology of Health & Medicine, Sociology of Politics & Government, Sociology of Religion, Stratification & Class in the U.S., and Work & the Economy.

To access the Research Starters databases go to the Databases A-Z Title List at

--Connie Maxwell

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