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Starting Your Research

A Beginning Scholar's Guide to Research Success for new students at the University of Notre Dame

Select a Topic

What are you curious about? Is there a topic about which you'd like to know more? Explore the resources below for inspiration.

Once you think you've identified a topic you'd like to explore further, take the time to get to know more about that topic. Gathering background information allows you to:

  • Gain familiarity with a topic
  • Identify differing perspectives of a topic
  • Identify the experts, researchers, and scholars familiar with a topic 

Databases

Encyclopedias and Reference

News Sources