Refer to this guide as you develop your research topic. Use background information to help you understand your topic and provide context.
Once you have selected an initial topic, the next step is to develop research questions. To begin:
The one minute video below provides more tips.
Research topics are often formed from a vague or general idea. Background information is used for providing definitions, historical background, or context, and for enlarging your initial idea. Begin with Gale Virtual Reference Library to quickly locate information on your topic or to help you focus your topic idea.
When you have a topic in mind, it's a good idea to start thinking about words you might use in your search for information related to your topic. The video and tips below provide more information.
Before you can begin searching for information in a print or online resource, you need to identify keywords related to your topic. Key terminology can be found easily by scanning:
If you are still struggling, then try these suggestions: