Back to Research Process Guide
CHOOSE YOUR TOPIC.
Places to get topic ideas:
Your textbook: Scan through relevant sections.
Current events: Check out news sources to see what people are talking about.
Encyclopedias: Skim through sections on your subject area.
Talk to people: Ask your instructor, a librarian, or classmates what they think about your subject.
DEVELOP RESEARCH QUESTIONS.
Write down what you already know or don't know about the topic, and then use that information to develop questions to answer in your paper.
Make a list of key terminology for your topic.
Scan encyclopedia and wikipedia articles
Look through your textbook
Talk with friends or a librarian about key terms for your topic
THINK ABOUT THE BEST PLACE TO FIND THE INFORMATION YOU NEED:
Step 2: Background Information
FINDING TOO MUCH INFORMATION? NOT FINDING ENOUGH INFORMATION?
Use boolean operators.
Use truncation symbols.
Cut off a word to its root and use a symbol (usually *) to automatically retrieve all ends of this word.
Example: Network* brings back networks, networking
BUT Net* brings back netiquette, netscape, Netflix, etc.
Use alternative, narrower, or broader keywords.
Use a thesaurus for synonyms.
Brainstorm narrower or broader terms with a librarian, your instructor, or a friend.