Quest is the library's discovery tool. It allows you to search across most of the library's databases, electronic resources, as well as the Library's catalog.
Your research project for this class involves researching a social issue in Nepal that relates to the Passion to Action project you're working on with your group. The organizations you'll be working with address a variety of issues, including education, literacy, cultural preservation, environmental problems, and human rights.
Dr. Rettinger has given you a number of resources for gaining background information on Nepal and its people. Take some time to look over those resources before you decide on your research topic. On the Background Information page, I have included the resources on your syllabus, as well as links to some Library resources that may be helpful to you in understanding Nepal.
Once you know what your topic will be, see if you can state is at a research question. Your question should be clear, concise, and focused. It shouldn't be a question you can answer with a simple "yes" or "no," and it should be complex enough to require some research to answer.
Determining your research question helps you identify the terms you are going to be using as you search the Library's databases. Quest is our discovery tool, and it helps you search across multiple resources. You can use Quest's Advanced Search to combine terms like "water pollution" and "Nepal."
The answer to your research question is a tentative statement that is likely to become your thesis statement. For example, "Are orphanages a net positive institution in Nepal?" might be answered by "Yes, but there are massive problems to be addressed."
When you meet with me for a research appointment, we'll talk about specific databases and resources that can help you find the resources you need.
Basic library guide for FSEMs -- an introduction to the Library's many resources.
Library guide for Political Science and International Affairs -- The page on Statistics in this guide includes a number of resources for finding international statistical data.
Citing Resources -- Emeritus Librarian Jack Bales developed an extensive guide on how to use various citation styles to document your research sources.