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Challenge Library Guide for Geology: Analyze Your Research Strategy

Choose a Topic

Double questionBrainstorm some topic ideas with these questions:

  • What have you discussed in class that makes you want to learn more? 
  • Are there any social, artistic, or political issues that you are interested in that relate to your assignment?

When you have a few ideas, search for background information. 

 Keep track of important keywords you come across in your research.

From Question to Keyword

This one-minute video by Laidlaw College Library (2010) shows how to brainstorm for keywords about a research question.

Subject Encyclopedias

Scholarly subject encyclopedias provide background information about specific topics. Entries or articles, written by scholars or subject experts, include bibliographies or suggested readings that will lead to more information on your topic.

You can use subject encyclopedias to identify keywords for your research in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences.

Search for Subject Encyclopedias (PSU Only)

Refining your Topic