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Beginning Your Research


Knowledge Cycle


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 background sources. You can also use CredoReference's Concept Mapping tool.

      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

            6. Use the sources in the
                Research Tools tab to find information..

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