Brainstorming Search Words
separate an assignment topic into concepts,
brainstorm synonyms for concepts, and
Once you've decided upon a topic for your research, you may be tempted to begin searching the library catalog, article databases, or web immediately. However, taking a little time to analyze your topic and select good search terms will save you more time and effort later on.
To analyze your topic and break down the main idea into smaller concepts.
Now that you know a little bit about your topic; it's time to break it down into something more manageable.
A concept map is a visual aid that helps organize your thinking and explore the relationship between ideas.
You can draw your map by hand or you can use an online tool such as