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WR153: Imagining the Other

Purpose of this Guide


Image: What would a writer do with this source? by Kristin M. Woodward/Kate L. Ganski is licensed under CC BY 4.0

How do I choose a topic?


Do some background reading. Gather basic information about your topic. Google and Wikipedia are okay for a first introduction, but you will want to dig deeper than that.  Consult the sources in this and other guides, and use the BU Library Search 

As you read:  

  • What subject areas or disciplines does your topic fall under? It could be several!
  • Look for concepts or theories that relate to your topic. 
  • Keep a list of basic terms in this topic. (Do the terms reflect a certain attitude or bias?)
  • Do these initial readings cite other sources that may take your topic further? Check footnotes and bibliographies for more sources.
  • Do certain authors or scholars appear to be experts on the topic? Try searching for their publications.

Head, African Studies Library

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Beth Restrick
African Studies Library
6th floor, Mugar Memorial Library

Mon-Fri, 9am- 5pm
Subjects: African Studies