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Research Process: Getting Started: 1. Topics & Terms

A guide to assist students in conducting research using the wide variety of information sources available to them.


In this section, you will learn to:

  1. Flesh out your topic by asking yourself a set of questions.
  2. Turn your topic into a research question that you can answer by finding information.
  3. Think of words and phrases to use in a search to help you find information on your topic.
  4. Change your "search terms" to find more specific or more general information.