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WRT 101 - West Campus - Ortiz: You Selected a Topic - What's Next?
After identifying your topic, begin selecting keywords to use in your research.
1. State your topic as a question.
2. Identify keywords from your research question.
3. Identify synonyms for your keywords, as well as broader terms, narrower terms, and related terms that may help with your search. It may help to use a thesaurus to find synonyms for your keywords.
4. Use keywords and synonyms to find relevant books, articles, and websites about your topic. As you read through articles and books, write down any additional related keywords that may be relevant to your topic.
Sample Research Question
What are the psychological characteristics of athletes?
athlete psychological characteristics
psychology of athletes
athletic mental health
Six Different Resources to be Used:
One academic journal article
One newspaper article
One entry from an encyclopedia (for general background)
One website, but only if it is from a trusted source (government; company or NGO) and with Professor approval
and one extra "Wildcard" to make it six sources: one more of the above OR quotes from a book, movie, TV show, social media post - with Professor approval