As you begin your research, the following strategies may be of help
Choosing your topic
- It’s always best to start with something that interests you.
- What have you been reading or talking about with others?
- Has anything caught your eye in books, magazines, or newspapers?
- Try searching online for a list of research topics.
Ask yourself the following questions
- What do you already know about your topic?
- What topic interests you?
- What subject area does your topic fall into? (ex. History, Science, Literature)
- In what ways can you describe your topic?
When gathering your resources, keep in mind:
- What kind of assignment or research paper you have to complete
- What types of research materials are required for your project (journal, magazine, or newspaper articles, books, etc.)
- How much time you have to complete your assignment
When should you use keywords, subject headings, phrases, or single words when searching
- Keywords give you a broad search with more results and can be useful when you are brainstorming or starting to research your topic.
- Subject headings give you more specific results.
- Phrases or single words require you to be more specific about your topic and will narrow your search results.
What are Boolean Operators?
- AND – combines search terms so the search results contain all the terms used
- OR – combines search terms so the search results contain at least one of the terms used
- NOT – excludes terms so the search results do not contain any of the terms that follow it
- Using more than one Boolean Operator in a search string will give you more specific results