The Research Process is about organizing the work into convenient steps. There are many approaches to research and many ways to document findings. Choosing a topic for a term paper, research paper, essay or thesis can be difficult and confusing for many students. Yet, it is actually a simple one with these tips.
The first step in choosing a topic is to know what the instructor wants and then making a choice about how to write the topic or deciding on your topic and what you want to write about it.
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This should include what aspects of your topic you plan to cover and why and where you plan to find the needed information.
When selecting the topic, it must also be clear how you wish to treat the topic, and what your research question will be. These two points are essential for the research and writing of the paper.
Once you have worked out the main concepts of your topic, you need to look for alternative terms or keywords that describe each concept to use as search terms.
This section gives you some hints on where to find keywords.
Remember! you can ask any time to the Reference Librarians when you need help with your research.
--What kinds of sources should I consult?
--In what order should I consult them?
Remember that if you run into problems, the Reference Librarian will be glad to help.
Once you know the kinds of information you need, you can make a list of all the possible sources in which you think you can find that information. These could include any of the following, or others: