Starting Your Project:
1. Identifying Topic
4. Brainstorm Keywords
2. Narrow Topic
5. Evaluate and Revise
3. Ask Questions
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Ask Yourself the Following Questions. If your Answer to any of them is "no," go back and revise until you can answer
them all with a "yes."
- Have you selected a topic that is interesting to you and meets the requirements of the assignment?
- Have you narrowed your topic down or broadened it out so that the research is manageable and your results will fit into the required assignment length?
- Have you created a list of questions that you hope you can answer with your research?
- From those questions have you created a list of keywords and phrases, as well as synonyms of those keywords to help you begin your research?