Skip to main content


C-State Home | My C-State (Blackboard)Cincinnati State Logo



Economics: Getting Started

Getting Started

Before you Begin: Know the Assignment

  • What length is your final paper supposed to be?
  • How many resources are required?
  • What types of resources are required?
  • When is the assignment due?

Before Searching:  Develop a Strategy

  • PRE-search several topics that you are interested in to see what kind of information is available. Will there be enough to support the assignment requirements?
  • Company websites can be a good start for gathering background information & keywords, but keep in mind that they are usually there to market their services.
  • Is there a way to narrow or expand your topic using keywords? These will become your search terms.
    Example Thesis: "The Chocolate Industry in Africa is taking advantage of local workers. "
    Example Keywords: Chocolate, Africa, Workers
  • Brainstorm additional search terms by finding words with similar meanings.
    Example 1, Keyword "Chocolate": Cocoa (similar term), Hershey Co. (narrower term)
    Example 2, Keywords "taking advantage of": Human Rights, Social Justice, Abuse
    Example 3, Keyword "Workers": Employees, Labor, Contractors, Farmers

Explore | Discover | Create

Smiling with books

 

RESOURCES

Library Guides
Research Databases
Reference & Stats
Credible Websites
Citation Guides

  

 

SERVICES

Renew Books
Course Reserves
Student Services
Faculty Services
College Archives

 

LEARN MORE

Library Hours
News & Events
Frequently Asked Questions
Mission & Policies
Staff Contacts

 

 

GET HELP

Phone: 513.569.1606
Text: 513.ASK.4466
Chat:
Instant Message Popout

STAY CONNECTED

facebook twitter youtube

 

Berry Library • Room 170 Main Building • 3520 Central Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45223-2690 • 513-569-1606