Once you have chosen your topic, the next step is to begin collecting information you can use to support your writing. Your instructor will tell you how many sources you are required to use for each essay. Here are a few steps you can take that will make this research process easier.
Brainstorm keywords that represent the main concept(s) of your topic. Think about what words you would want to see in an article that may indicate it would be useful for your research.
|Topic:||impact of oil drilling on the Texas coast|
|Key concepts:||impact||oil drilling||Texas coast|
|Related keywords:||effect||oil production||offshore|
|consequence||oil mining||away from shore|
Need more help? Try the Keyword Generator from California State University, Fullerton. It walks you through the process of finding keywords relevant to your topic.
Combine the keywords you brainstormed into a search strategy. Put phrases in quotation marks and/or use AND, OR, NOT (Boolean operators) to get more precise results.
Search for information using the single most important term related to your topic.
Search for information by combining keywords you brainstormed.
Too many irrelevant results?
Add more keywords.
Too few relevant results?
Remove or change keywords
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