You get to embark on research! We get to help you get there!
Two simple questions can help get you started:
1. What do I know about my topic?
2. What do I want to know about my topic?
List out the answers to those questions using single words or simple phrases. These will become your keywords.
Developing Your Research Topic
Sometimes when doing your research, you may get so many results you don't know what to do ... that's when you need to "narrow" your topic. Duke University Libraries has a nice informational peace on Refining a Topic that may be helpful. It will also discussing "broadening" a topic if you are not finding enough information.
Most of the time, we hear great topics from students. Sometimes these topics are so unique that data has not yet been compiled and published about them. So if you are searching and searching and can’t find the data you need, its possible that data doesn’t exist yet. Be sure to Ask A Librarian for help, a librarian can suggest other resources or similar topics by tweaking your topic to address data that does exist.
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