Skip to main content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Writing 101: International Migration in North America

Using This Guide

This research guide provides links to resources that might help you with your research paper. If you have questions or want to meet up for a more in-depth consultation, please contact me at holly.ackerman@duke.edu

Getting Started

Background Research:

Picking a topic for your research paper isn’t as easy as it sounds. Unless you are already an expert in the area, picking a good, well-defined topic is going to be difficult until you do some background research

Start by reading up on your topic in places like an encyclopedia, which will give you an overview of the subject and provide some context on key themes or issues. You can even use Google to look up your topic to find out more about it.  This type of research might not actually be used in your paper, and that is okay! Background research is important for helping you define your topic and thesis.

Picking a Topic is Research

What Is Research? Why use the Library?