A topic that is interesting to you may well be too broad to use as a research question. Background readings can clarify how scholars in a particular subject area have discussed your topic and help you to identify a focus within your topic of interest. Background information can be found in your textbook or class readings, academic books in the library's collection, or reference sources (a few of which are linked below).
For this class, consider how virtual technologies have challenged experiences of language, gender, sex, race, ethnicity, and location. How are gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, and location expressed or erased?
Reference books, such as those linked below, provide background / overview information about a topic from the perspective of a particular subject discipline. Articles in these encyclopedias often include references to additional scholarship on the topic, jump starting your search for additional sources.
This search strategy unique to NUSearch may help you find reference sources to refine your topic.
Searching with Subject Headings can improve results found by initial keywords searches in NUSearch and other subject databases. Subject Headings work like hastags bringing together information on the same topic which may be described by the authors/creators using a variety of terms.
When you find an item of interest to you, look to see what subject terms have been assigned to describe it. If you click on the linked subject term (or type it into the search box) additional items relevant to that topic will be returned. Or combine that subject term with other search terms to refine search results.
|Suggested Subject Headings, some with sub-headings (not a complete list!!)||Annotated NUSearch record for Lisa Nakamura's book Digitizing race: visual cultures of the Internet (2008).|
Automatic machinery -- Philosophy
Computers and civilization
Computer networks -- Social aspects
Cybernetics -- Social aspects
Digital media -- Social aspects
Embedded Internet devices
Information technology -- Social aspects
Internet and culture
Internet and race
Internet of things
Internet of things -- Social aspects
Online social networks -- Political aspects
Online social networks -- Sociological aspects
Technological innovations -- Social aspects
Technology and the arts
Ubiquitous computing -- Philosophy
Ubiquitous computing -- Psychological aspects
Ubiquitous computing -- Social aspects