Background Sources for Different Areas
Books, journals, magazines....oh my!
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Developing a Topic
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