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UBC Library Informatics for Nursing: 1.02 Consider your topic

An overview of searching Academic Literature for Nursing students

1.02 Consider your topic

You have to write a term paper on genetically modified foods. Where do you begin?

Before jumping straight into the research stage, take a few moments to think about the topic. Try asking a few basic questions: the Who, What, Why and How of your topic... for example:

  • what particular aspect of the topic will you write about? (e.g. Let's assume you decide to investigate regulation regarding labeling of genetically modified foods.)
  • who are the major players in this area?
  • why is such labeling necessary?
  • how are regulations formulated and applied?