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Languages & Cultures at UCBA

Starting point for resources on language and culture studies.

Your Research Topic

You'll likely start with a broad research topic then develop it into something more focused. In this initial phase, be sure to do the following:

  • Review assignment for requirements and guidelines (e.g. topic approval, types of sources)
  • Talk with professor to determine if research topic meets the scope and scale of the assignment

Once your research topic is determined, the next step is to identify key concepts and keywords to help you search for sources. 

Mapping Your Research Ideas Video

The Mapping Your Research Ideas video (2:53 minutes) explains how to create a map using your research idea. You can download the Keyword Map worksheet (Word document link), use blank paper, or open a new Word document on your device.

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