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Picking Your Topic Is Research

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What IS a Good Topic?

Choosing a good topic is a balancing act. Not too narrow. Not too broad. How can you tell if you're on the right path? 

As a general guideline, topics with 2 - 3 concepts are workable:

  • Does socioeconomic status impact academic achievement in elementary schools?

Only one concept is too broad:

  • leadership
  • elementary education

More than three concepts is usually too narrow:

  • academic achievement of 3rd graders in Florida private schools

The above guidelines are based on information from Walden University Library. A brief exercise in choosing the best research question is available from SUNY Empire State College.  



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Listed below are three streaming services that offer many options for education topics.

Using OneSearch

Our catalog and article search has been combined into a new OneSearch platform. Here you can search for books and e-books, videos, articles, digital media, and more.

You can narrow your search results under the Refine My Results and Resource Type headings by choosing a resource type such as Books or eBooks.


How to Find Books & E-Books

Watch this video to learn how to use OneSearch to locate print and electronic books through the library. 

CSUN students, faculty, and staff can now borrow library books and physical media through its contactless Locker Pickup service. The lockers are located outside on the southeast corner of the Library portico ( see map ), and you are welcome to pick up your items 6:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. seven days a week. If you require an accommodation, please contact Library Guest Services at or call (818) 677-2274.

CSU Resource Sharing

Is the book you want already checked out? Or perhaps the library does now already own a copy? Watch this video to learn how to use OneSearch to request an item available through another CSU library.

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