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Research - Step by Step: Choose a Topic

How to find scholarly resources in the Steelman Library


Your topic has to embrace the requirements of the assignment as well as what you are genuinely interested in. Instructors generally require academic topics, but you might not yet be comfortable determining what academic topics are.  These resources should help you find a topic that is academic and relevant, and that inspires you.  Also, please don't hesitate to talk with your instructor or your librarian to help you find the best topic for you. 

Technology Tips

Mindmapping is a good tool for brainstorming.  Mind42 is free online mindmapping software.  An added benefit to this tool is that you can share your mindmap with someone else and brainstorm together. 


Once you have an idea, brainstorm some words that authors could use to describe that idea.These will become your search terms.

Books for choosing topics

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