Getting Started

Doing research efficiently takes a little planning and preparation before jumping in to find sources. By carefully planning my research topic and identifying what words to use, I save myself time and effort throughout the process!

Coming up with good topics has always been a little tricky for me. There are so many things to write about! Over the years, I've come up with some guidelines that help:
  • Topics need to be specific. While I can start with a rough idea, I will need to narrow down the scope of my topic so that I don't waste time searching for information I won't use.
  • Topics need to be researchable. Believe it or not, there aren't articles for every possible topic idea. Some might be too obscure or so narrowly focused that no one has written about them yet!

When I'm stumped for ideas to write about, I can use the databases to browse for ideas. Using a generic term, like "disease" is a good way of finding ideas. This way, I can find a disease to research that I may never have heard of. For example, the database helped me think of prion disease.
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