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Honors 161 Library Research Guide

A. Research and Examine Possible Solutions to the Problem Using Credible Sources

Once you have established your problem and have documented it using credible sources, it is time to start researching potential solutions.   

Your proposed solutions must also draw on credible sources.  Many of the links on the previous page are highly useful for this stage as well.

Extra keywords that might be useful at this stage might be:




Case Study


B. SWOT For Your Proposed Solution Using Credible Sources

What? SWOT?

At this stage it is probably good to apply a business research strategy to your proposed solution, popularly known as SWOT:

Strengths       Weaknesses        Opportunities    Threats

What are the strengths of your proposed solution?  What are the weaknesses?  Opportunities?   Threats?

For instance, if you are proposing cultured beef as a viable solution to a both green house gas problem and a food supply problem, you will need to think about several levels of obstacles such as  a) potential regulatory obstacles; b) psychological resistance  c) refusal to eat if it tastes like swampmuck.

Extra Keywords useful in this phase might be:




Economic Impact



Again, you will need to provide credible sources for your arguments, and the sources on the first page should still serve you well.

C. Expanding Your Search for Credible Information

While the links provided to resources on the first page of this guide provide many good "hunting grounds" for your project, there are further resources linked on the "More Resources"  page on the left hand navigation.

Government Information and Resources

Polling Data


D. Citing Your Credible Sources in a Credible Way

While nobody enjoys creating good citations, paying attention to citation details is a way of establishing your own credibility

If someone (including, yes, professors) sees a bunch of sloppy citations, it casts doubt on the whole of your work.

So make good citations!

One of the best online tools for several styles is the OWL at Purdue.  

For links to the OWL MLA, APA and Chicago, and more please refer to "Citing" navigation tab on the left.