Deciding on a topic can be one of the hardest parts of research, especially when the instructor's prompt is vague, or you are giving the option of writing about anything that you want! Deciding on a topic can be one of the most important parts of the research process, so if you are having trouble deciding on a topic, below are some strategies.
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Once you decide on a topic, then you have to start searching for outside sources. Typing your entire topic sentence or thesis into a search box isn't the most effective way to search. Below are some strategies to search more efficiently.
Remember to keep notes on each search combination. What keywords/search terms worked, and which ones didn't.
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