1. Brainstorm your topic
2. Group your idea
3. List synonyms for terms in each group
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1. Brainstorm: Natural disasters
2. Identify an issue: Natural disasters and prepardness
3. Think of several questions you want answered
4. Find background information
5. Find research articles that answer your questions
6. Consider balance in research
Always keep in mind your assignment and instructions from your teacher
Several book collections and databases provide topic guides to help you begin the research process:
Social Issues Collections
Many of the titles in the series above are available as e-books.
EBSCO Research Starters
Provides research summaries on hot topics:
Provides Topic Pages to help you get started on research.
Once you have your topic in mind, you may begin to search for books and articles on your topic.
SmartSearch is a great place to test your topic since it looks for your terms in the full text of our e-book and article collections. [Almost like Google... but with better academic relevancy.]
The Library's QuickStart Guide is a quick reminder of how to begin with the Library Catalog and broad-range article databases.
You may also use the search boxes in the mid-section of this page to get started.
If you have questions about how to best search in the different databases, check out Database Tutorials & How-To Guides