Starting your research project can feel overwhelming, especially if the topic is lengthy or your topic broad. Here are some tips to get you start on the right path and help you not feel overwhelmed.
- Write out your full research question.
- Narrow down the key terms, these you will use to search with.
- Use the Key Word pdf to map out your key words with possible synonyms and related terms that overlap with your topic area.
- Review assignments requirements for they type of resources are required.
- Example: Professors may require a mixture of academic journals, books or newspapers.
- Professors might limit websites or other resource types. It varies per assignment.
- Use the Keyword Research Sheet below to guide your process.
- Start using your search terms to find relevant resources.
Narrow Your Results:
- Narrow to Full Text, or Full Free Text ONLY. Abstracts will not be helpful for your needs.
- Narrow by document type such as academic journals, electronic books, or book reviews depending on your assignment's requirement.
- When you find a relevant article use the subject headings, and the resources listed at the end to find similar resources.
- Use your key word search to try different search terms to achieve better results.