Get background information on your topic to save you time and prevent frustration! Is the topic what you thought?
Start by looking in:
Note: These resources can often provide you with a list of books and articles on your topic.
Be careful of sources like Wikipedia which can be edited by anyone.
Time to focus in! Narrow the focus of your topic.
Note: Having at least three limiters will help narrow your research. The ones listed above are just examples, others may be more prevalent depending on your research!
Put your topic in the form of a question! What are you trying to answer?
This will help:
The last step is to create a list of search terms to use when searching for books and articles in the Full Search and databases.
|2. Gather Background Information|
|4. Search Question:||How has higher education contributed to the success of immigrants in the United States?|
|5. Search Term List:|
|Key Concepts||Related Terms|
|Higher Education||college, university|
|Immigrants||migrants, aliens, Chicanos, Cubans|
Adapted from Mizzou
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