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Use these resources to browse news items about recent discoveries here at OSU and around the world.

 

Choosing a Topic

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In WR 121, you are looking for a topic that you want to learn more about, and that other people care about.

With the resources on this page, you can browse through articles about recent discoveries in science, education, politics, psychology, social sciences, natural resources and more. You're sure to find something that sparks your curiosity, and you'll know that it's a topic that other people are thinking, researching and writing about!

As you browse, think about your self-assessment.  What kinds of things are you curious about?

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Research News

Almost all of the articles on these sites talk about recent scientific discoveries.  

Science Daily -- features short, easy-to-read news articles about interesting research. The content here is mostly from science disciplines, including health, psychology, biology, geosciences, oceanography, archaelogy, physics, astronomy, chemistry and more.

ResearchBlogging -- this site features blog posts written by scholars about interesting research in their field. Most of these posts are longer -- sometimes they will agree with the research and sometimes they will criticize it.  Topics include life sciences, physical sciences, social sciences and philosophy, 

Eurekalert -- this site features short, easy to read press releases about interesting research from a variety of disciplines, including technology, business, psychology, education, agriculture and many more.

 

Research at OSU

The pins on this map represent research projects done by faculty right here at OSU!  Zoom in to virtually "explore" the campus.

 

Research Announcements - Twitter

Research labs, universities and colleges publicize their new discoveries in a variety of ways -- including Twitter.  Here is a list of research-related tweets.  Most of them will lead you to a press release or journal article.

(A few will lead to announcments, awards and other non-research related news.  Obviously, you won't want to use those for this assignment).

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