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Research Tips

Posted on: Jan 26, 2011 @ 9:52:59 am

Need to write a paper and not sure how to get started? Here are a few tips:

For finding a topic:
If you are having trouble selecting a topic area, brainstorm with friends or your professor, peruse your textbooks, read the newspaper, or scan blogs and webpages for ideas.

For figuring out your search strategy:
Identify relevant main keywords and their synonyms. For example, for the topic of the impact of service recovery strategies on restaurant customer loyalty, you might try:
* restaurant... foodservice
* service recovery... service failure... customer service... customer satisfaction
* loyal... loyalty... repeat
You will use these keywords when searching for information on your topic in catalogs and databases.

For finding sources:
Use the Library Catalog to locate books related to your topic and then search the Hospitality and Tourism Complete database for journal articles. You can also use the library's Research Guides and Research Tutorials for tips on finding relevant reference books, helpful websites, and other sources, as well as for assistance in citing your papers in APA, Chicago, or MLA style.

For further assistance:
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