Before you begin searching for information, you must identify keywords related to your topic. Find keywords:
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Be prepared to be flexible with your research question or thesis.
If you find too much information, your topic/thesis may be too broad. You will need to narrow or focus it.
|Narrow Your Topic|
Progressive Era, Civil War, Iron Age, Cold War, Victorian Era, 1920's,18th century
|Europe, Middle East, U.S., Denver, New York, urban, rural, eastern, western|
|Age, race, gender, nationality, ethnic group, occupation, species|
|Event or Aspect||
Focus on an event within your topic: for human cloning, investigate government regulation of cloning. Or consider a particular aspect: historical, sociological, psychological.
Person or Group
|Related to your topic: college students, Democrats, Republicans, Elizabeth Warren.|