Never-Ending Search

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Have students review the section of the handbook on research and on research terms in particular. Using your library’s book catalog database, have students put in a broad research term. Tell them to select a book and look for the subject headings that the library lists to describe the book. These are usually in the full entry for a book and are usually hyperlinked. Have students write down and then click on one of the subject heading links. They should select a book under that heading and then repeat the process. They should repeat these steps until they have around twenty subject headings. Have them draw a map that suggests how their research topic relates to several different larger topic areas.
About the Author
Barclay Barrios is an Associate Professor of English and Director of Writing Programs at Florida Atlantic University, where he teaches freshman composition and graduate courses in composition methodology and theory, rhetorics of the world wide web, and composing digital identities. He was Director of Instructional Technology at Rutgers University and currently serves on the board of Pedagogy. Barrios is a frequent presenter at professional conferences, and the author of Emerging.