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Library Basics: Narrowing and Broadening Your Topic!

Selected resources for choosing a topic

Recording Your Research Strategy

Choose an interesting and manageable topic. Write your research question/statement in the space below:


Identify the key idea in the sentence you wrote above. You may have 1, 2, or 3, depending on your topic.

  1.  From your topic above, list essential concepts/keywords and write them below:

1: __________________      Key idea

2: ________________      Key idea

3:___________________________Key Idea

Keywords

Keywords

Keywords

Synonyms

Synonyms

Synonyms

  1. Using the concepts/keywords above, construct your search strategy
    AND  - combines terms or concepts  AND narrows your search

    OR    - search for synonyms and related terms. OR broadens a search
  2. NOT  - exclude results that contain a specific word

Concept/Keyword 1

AND

OR

NOT

Concept/Keyword 2

AND

OR

NOT

Concept/Keyword 3