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CAS 100: Effective Speech

Tiffany Petricini

Selecting a Research Topic

Pick a topic you enjoy! You want something that is broad enough that you can find information and yet narrow enough that you are not overwhelmed with sources. 

Effective Outlining

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Identifying & Brainstorming Keywords

Example Search Term Brainstorming

Topic:  How effective is pet therapy for elderly patients suffering from depression?

Major concepts:  pet therapy, elderly patients, depression

  Concept 1 Concept 2 Concept 3

Major concept

pet therapy

elderly patients

depression

Synonyms

animal therapy

animal assisted therapy

geriatric patients

melancholy

sadness

despair

Broader terms

psychiatry

therapeutic

rehabilitation

psychotherapy

elderly

aged

older people

mental health

psychology

psychiatry

mental illness

Narrower terms

animal assisted therapy

elderly women

chronic depression

Related words

pets

attachment theory

attachment behavior

gerontology

mood

therapy

Databases and Websites