Do you understand your research assignment and what is expected of you?
Before selecting a topic or starting your research, make sure you understand your assignment and its requirements. Consider the following:
When in doubt, consult your instructor.
Can’t think of a topic to research?
Example: encyclopedia psychology
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Before you can begin searching for information in a print or online resource, you need to identify keywords related to your topic. Key terminology can be found easily by scanning:
If you are still struggling, then try these suggestions:
What keywords should I use to search?
The Brainstorming Keywords worksheet below illustrates how to start thinking about keywords.