Getting started with picking a topic can be a challenge, and one way to make it easier is to start by reading. You can think of a general subject that interests you and do some background reading on that subject. As you read, you can narrow the focus of what sparks your curiosity.
One way to get started with initial background reading is by browsing news sources and branching out from your regular go-to sources. Cal Maritime Library provides access to several news options. Let's try out a few of them from the box below.
Several maritime publications have websites where you can get a quick sense of what's happening in the maritime world - and maybe get inspiration for a research assignment!
Cal Maritime subscribes to the the following digital editions:
Try out some of these library subscription databases and websites to read more about current events and issues impacting the world.
1. Plan: You need a topic and some good keywords
2. Search library databases. Your topic determines which databases you should search.
3. Read what you find.
4. Extract new search terms and a better understanding of your topic.
5. Repeat until you've got what you need. You should get closer with each iteration.
See your librarian to adjust your research strategy.
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