Your first step is to select a topic and then get approval for it from Dr. Martin.
Once you have done so, you should generate keywords. Keywords are search terms that you use when searching for information about your topic. The above video explains how you can write keywords. Watch it, then continue reading this section.
Condense your topic into just a few essential words. Let's say that you're writing about pedestrian walking on Victory Drive. Your keywords could be:
This may prove too specific, though. Perhaps there are not articles about pedestrian traffic on Victory Drive. Let's search for the whole neighborhood:
Is that still not enough? Let's expand the geographic reach of our topic:
Alternatively, perhaps the term "pedestrian" does not help us. We could also try:
Searching will require you to experiment with different keywords used in different ways. Be flexible and persistent.
Now try searching the Houston Chronicle, which the North Harris Library provides through the database Newsbank.
Have you used the library databases before? If not, then I suggest first watching this introductory video.
Search the Houston Chronicle for information about your topic if your topic is about a geographically local community.
Unlike most other library databases, the Houston Chronicle is available to only North Harris students. Consequently, you will need to have a student library barcode that is specific to North Harris. Your MyLoneStar username and password will not give you access to the Chronicle.
If you are a North Harris student but don't have a library barcode number yet, you can get one by filling out this form. If you would like to make an appointment to get a physical ID card, then you can do so here.
The video embedded below shows you how to search the Houston Chronicle. The link to the database is below the video.
Perhaps you aren't writing about a geographically local community, such as Humble, but a non-geographically defined community, such as Sikh women. In that case, the database Academic Search Complete can help you find articles about the community for you to reflect upon.
The video embedded below shows you how to search this database. There is a link to the database below the video.
You must cite your sources according to the MLA style of documentation.
This is our video that introduces MLA documentation. I urge you to watch the entire video carefully before starting to write your paper or annotated bibliography. It is much easier to cite correctly as you go along, rather than try to fix your documentation after you have written your paper.
This is our sample paper. When you're writing a paper, you can model the formatting of your paper after this one. If you are unsure how to set up the formatting in Microsoft Word so that it fits the requirements for MLA formatting, you could instead download this blank Word document that has the formatting already set up for you.
This is our 2-page handout that summarizes the MLA style. It includes most of the types of sources that students commonly use.