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Choose your topic.
Places to get topic ideas:
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.
Think about the best place to find the information you need:
Adapted from Ryan Library Research Guide, Point Loma Univ.
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.
Use this Thinking Tool worksheet to help you with this first step in the research process.