How do I find a good topic? What keywords should I use to search for my topic? How do I create a thesis statement from that topic?
Good questions! Check out the links and videos on this page to find answers.
After you brainstorm a topic, you'll want to pick out 2-5 keywords describing your topic. Keywords are the terms that you type into the search box in a library database. They are the essential terms for your idea, the most important words describing your topic. Choosing the right keywords can save hours of searching time.
Grab some paper and a pencil--watch this video and you'll have some topic ideas in minutes!
Power Tip: Try to phrase your topic as a question. Then, after you conduct your research, try to answer that question in one sentence. The answer to your question may make a good thesis statement for your paper.
Finding a scholarly encyclopedia essay can help you refine your topic and brainstorm keywords.
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