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English VI - Mountain and Me | Ms. McGovern: Brainstorming

Choosing a Topic

Choosing a topic that is interesting and of interest to you is your first challenge when starting a research assignment. Credo Mind Map is a great place to start and allows you to enter a topic of interest to you and then connects it with other topics and relevant articles. Gale Topic Finder helps you find journal articles on your topic with connections to other related topics. 

6 Steps

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What do you want to write about?


Before you start writing, take some time to think about what you want to write about. What topic is interesting to you? Then do some research to learn more about the issue BEFORE you take a stance. 


The words you use to search for information on your topic are important! Databases look for the exact words that you put in, so you need to think about what words are used to describe your topic, including synonyms and related terms. 



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