It can be hard to figure out exactly what you want to research or how to find a more specific area of interest. This page has some suggestions to help you accomplish those tasks.
When you're brainstorming or search - think about - what snagged your attention? What made you go, "oh that's interesting, I want to know more" and ask yourself "what else do I want to know about?" and go from there.
Follow your curiosity.
Why use these sites?
CQ Researcher - in the top navigation bar are two drop down menus that will help you quickly explore research pathways
Gale - Opposing Viewpoints - has one large list of topics to explore
Once you decide on a general research path and you start searching - are you finding too many results? There are several ways to focus in.
Do a broad search and skim the first two pages - is there something more focused that interests you? Try adding it to your search
In Search@UW -
If I searched (zoos) - I get over 150,000 results!
If I searched (zoos AND animal welfare) -- now there are over 3000 results
If I searched (zoos AND animal welfare AND tourism) - there are less than a 100 results now!
Typically databases will have a filters like
Search@UW is great for a broad search to find a lot of resources in one place but can be overwhelming. Instead, try searching in a subject specific database which will contain fewer materials but are directly related to a specific subject
For example, if I searched Environment Complete with my zoo and animal welfare topic
If I searched (zoos) - I got over 8,000 results -- that's much smaller than the 150,000 from Search@UW!
If I searched (zoos AND animal welfare) -- 300+ results
If I searched (zoos AND animal welfare AND tourism) - less than 10 results (this might be too small now!)