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    Use this guide to find information and resources on Microbiology topics.  Navigate using the tabs above.

    TNCC Librarians are ready to help you with your research needs! Contact the a librarian at or call 757-825-2877 for assistance. 

    Develop a research plan

    Develop your research topic.

    What are the key concepts of your topic?  Can you broaden or narrow your focus? Consider focusing on one or more of the following:

    • time period
    • place
    • specific event   
    • specific people

    Does your topic overlap other subject areas such as anthropology, geography or political science?

    Think of 2- 3 questions that you will need to explore.

    • Think about the history of your topic, and its categories.
    • Who are the key people? What did they do? Why did it happen?

    Under each question, think about the following aspects:

    • What do you already know about your topic or issue?
    • What do you need to learn to better understand your topic or issue?
    • What kind of information resource might provide the answer to these questions?

      Consider your audience.

      • Who will read your paper?
      • Why will it be of interest to them?
      • What will be new to them?