Video (4 minute) from Steely Library (Northern Kentucky University) Detailed explanation on types of scholarly articles (qualitative, quantitative, mixed-methods, lit review, etc.). Created for social work students, but applicable to many disciplines.
Sources for background reading listed here are "secondary", that is they synthesize existing information. They are not the original or "primary" reasearch.
Learn more about different different types of information:
This video also explains the process of "Peer Review"
Selecting Your Topic
Most important... choose a topic that is of interest to you
Refer to your assignment for ideas and also for clues as to what is expected in your paper
Use your textbook to help you get started; it may be more useful than you realized!
Start with a broad topic and as you learn more about it through your background reading, it will be easier to narrow it to fit your paramaters
Use a Concept Map to help develop your topic. It is simply a visual way of looking at your ideas and how they relate to each other. Here is one from Penn State that walks you through the steps: Creating a Concept Map
Or watch this 3 minute video from the Douglas College Library to learn how to create your own map:
Need more help on choosing a topic? Look at the OWL Purdue University "Choosing a Topic" Guide
Do background reading to learn more about your topic.
Start with a specialized University Library Research Guide on a variety of topics. These include lists of specialized research tools, what databases might be useful, as well as web sites and other resources.