Identify - anticipate - the aspects of the large concept (idea) that are RELEVANT to your search right now. Use these RELEVANT aspects to :
Remember that for your assignment you want to learn about this topic but you have limits.
For all these reasons, it is important to identify the relevant aspects of the larger topic that most interest you, that you will emphasize in your work.
Wherever you search, you enter words that you hope/expect will retrieve the just right sources and information. Building a list of words and terms that are linked to your topic is a basic step to successful research!
Step 1: Begin with your task and topic.
Read over your task as assigned. Look for any words that express the main concepts.
Step 2: Generate additional keywords.
Brainstorm more terms you can use in searching and writing. There are specific strategies you can use to help you with this step.
Step 3: Add to your list of keywords throughout your search.
As you search and read articles, you will encounter new ways of talking about ideas related to your search. Add to your list.
Remember: The words on this list will help you find the BEST information possible. These same words will help you write (create) your best product (essay, presentation, speech).