Where to Find Ideas
Popular Journals in Your Field
Reviewing recent issues of popular and well-respected journals can help you see the current trends in research. These are also excellent journals to cite in your own work. You have full-text access to each of these through the UTA Libraries.
Peer-reviewed, highly cited and credible research in biomedical science and clinical practice. It is the most cited general medical periodical.
Nature Publishing Group publishes numerous peer-reviewed journals covering topics in the life sciences, clinical practice, chemistry, physics, and earth science.
JAMA publishes peer-reviewed health care research and general medicine. They also publish journals for 11 medical specialties.
The America Association for the Advancement of Science publishes several peer-reviewed academic journals covering the sciences and engineering. As an added benefit, their web page includes a news section, which explains recently-published research for the non-academic audience.
This peer-reviewed journal specializes in what it calls "exciting biology," presenting advances in biomedical science.
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Why Should I Start with Background Information?
Narrowing a topic requires you to be more specific about your research interest and can help you to develop a thesis.
Questions to Narrow Your Topic
What is a Thesis Statement?
A thesis is typically a one sentence statement in the first paragraph, or beginning, of your project that states your purpose. Thesis statements should be specific, detailed, and meaningful. An abridged form can often be used as the title of the paper; for example,"Harmonic convergence in the love songs of the dengue vector mosquito."