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Information Systems: Get Started

Welcome! This guide will point you to a variety of useful resources for research in the information systems discipline.

Find a Topic

Where to Find Ideas

  • Class discussions or readings
  • Presentations at relevant conferences
  • Articles in discipline related journals and trade publications
  • Relevant current events

Important Journals in Your Field

Information Systems
Dedicated to any aspect of information systems, with particular emphasis on the relationship between information systems, and people, business and organizations.

MIS Quarterly
Articles concern the practice or theory of information management of use for managerial purposes and the management of information technology for both academics and those applying information systems to organizational problems.

Decision Support Systems
Articles published in the DSS journal will be relevant to theoretical and technical DSS issues.

Journal of Management Information Systems (JMIS)
Articles concern research that advances the practice and  understanding of organizational information systems.

Information Systems Research
Articles coverage includes theory, research, and intellectual development, focused on information systems in organizations, institutions, the economy, and society.

Narrow a Topic

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

  • Who? Who is the specific person/group to which you would like to limit your research?
  • What? What specific aspect of the broad topic idea is interesting to you?
  • Where? To which specific geographic area or region would you like to limit your research?
  • When? On what time period would you like your research focused?
  • Why? Why do you think this is an important/interesting 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 arguable, specific, detailed, and meaningful.