Skip to Main Content

Doing Research

What question(s) do you want to address in your research?

  • Choose a research topic and find reference sources on your topic
  • Brainstorm promising search terms:
    • Make a list of words that describe your topic. In addition to words for broad concepts (e.g. poverty, feminism), consider more specific keywords such as words describing the following:
      • Event: an event within the context of your topic.
      • Time: a particular time period connected to your topic.
      • Person or group: an individual or group identified with the topic or particularly affected by it.
      • Place: a region, city or other geographical unit connected to your topic.
  • Find background information on your topic using encyclopedias or a specialized dictionary… or Wikipedia, just don’t end your research there.