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STEP 3

Identify Keywords and Concepts of Your Topic

Keywords and concepts describe the main idea(s) of your topic and enable you to focus your research.

Ask Yourself:
What are the keywords or concepts of my topic?

Then Do This:
• Jot down (make notes of) the terms that you identify as keywords and concepts.

Ask Yourself:
What are the related terms of each keyword and concept?

Then Do This:
• Develop related terms. Check dictionaries, thesauri, and general or subject
encyclopedias. For additional assistance, ASK A REFERENCE LIBRARIAN.
• Underneath each keyword or concept write related term(s).
 

Examples:

Topic: The effects of violent television cartoons on preschoolers.

Keywords/Concepts: Cartoons
                             Violence
                             Preschoolers
                             Television
                             Related Terms: Animation
                             Violent
                             Child
                             Animated
                             Nonviolent
                             Children
                             Young child
                             Young children
                             Kid(s)
                             T.V                  
                           

 

Step 4 Focus Your Research: When To Use Which Resources    

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