This page provides some ideas of places to look for topics and some suggestions for creating keywords and search terms (the words you'll use to find articles and other research materials)
BEFORE CHOOSING A TOPIC:
Try the "Five W's" to help refine your topic:
The questions below will help you to investigate and narrow down some ideas about your topic. Circle or highlight names, terms, and ideas that interest you the most. You might turn this into a list of search terms or "keywords."
(image from the Noun Project "five" by Adam Zubin, MV)
A keyword is a simple term, or word, that is used to explore what results a source can provide on a topic.
Different sources will provide different results using the same word.
If a keyword doesn't "unlock" the results you want, try another!
Using "Boolean Operators" - AND, OR, NOT can create more specific search terms.
OR = more
Use OR with synonyms or similar search terms. Each record in the results must include AT LEAST ONE of the terms
AND = less
Use AND to combine search terms for different concepts. Each record in the results must include BOTH terms
NOT = don't include
Use NOT to eliminate words that you DON'T want to show up in your results