Deciding on a Topic
Deciding on a topic is possibly the most difficult part of doing research. If you're not sure how to start, talk with your professor, ask a librarian, or...
1. Think about a topic that will keep your interest.
2. Do some background reading from a textbook or subject encyclopedia.
3. Narrow your topic to something manageable. You may need to rework it several times as you research.
4. Try "Mind Mapping" or concept mapping your topic after consulting some of the resources on the left. You can also use CredoReference's Concept Mapping tool. Just type in a term or phrase and see different aspects of the concept displayed.
5. Once you have an idea, write it out as a short sentence or question then pick out search terms.
"How does stress affect memory?" stress memory
Concept or Mind Mapping
Web 2.0 Mind-Mapping Applications
- Mindmeister (http://www.mindmeister.com/) Registration for a free online account.
- Imagination Cubed (http://www.imaginationcubed.com/) For free form drawing. Create an account to save or share mind-maps. You cannot make your mind-maps publically available in the program.
- bubbl.us (http://bubbl.us/) Registration for a free account. Allows you to e-mail, print, save and embed your mind-map.
- mind42.com (http://www.mind42.com/) Registration for a free account. Use the Browse Maps to see different maps other users have created.
- wisemapping (http://wisemapping.com/c/home.htm) Registration for a free account. You can save and share mind-maps. Does not work well with the Safari browser.