Before you Begin: Know the Assignment
- What length is your final paper supposed to be?
- How many resources are required?
- What types of resources are required?
- When is the assignment due?
Before Searching: Develop a Strategy
- PRE-search several topics that you are interested in to see what kind of information is available. Will there be enough to support the assignment requirements?
- Is there a way to narrow or expand your topic using keywords? These will become your search terms.
- Example Thesis: "Teenagers from poor homes are more likely to go to jail than other teenagers. "
- Example Keywords: Teenagers, Poor, Jail
- Brainstorm additional search terms by finding words with similar meanings.
- Example 1, Keyword "Teenagers": Juvenile, Minor, Underage, Adolescent
- Example 2, Keyword "Poor": Poverty, Impoverished, Underprivileged, Unfortunate, Deprived
- Example 3, Keyword "Jail": Prison, Detention, Lockup