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College Writing: Brainstorm

This guide was created to help you learn the steps to successful academic research.

6 Steps

Online Brainstorming Tools

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. 

Photo Credit: "#whyopen brainstorm" by Laila Le Guen CC BY 2.0

Picking a topic IS research!

Source: North Carolina State University Libraries 

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