When you're brainstorming potential search terms, try to think of potential:
|Global Warming||Sea Level Rise|
|Climate Change||Carbon Dioxide|
The first step of the research process is to identify your topic. Since your professor has assigned specific topics, this step is easy.
Looking at the assignment sheets your professor gave you, what words or short phrases does she include that you might use as search terms? Circle those words, and write them in the space below.
For each assignment, you will have to conduct multiple searches to find all the information you need to address the various aspects of your topics. With the EU paper, for example, you have to examine the political, social, and economic aspects of Brexit. In order to write about these three things, you’ll need to find information on each variable, so you will likely have to conduct at least three separate searches. Each line is a separate search and each search will involve a specific combination of search terms that will allow you to find information on that particular variable. So think of the different information you need to find to complete your paper, and what search term combinations would you need to use to find that information? What are some potential search term combinations that will allow you to fully explore your topic? See below for some examples.
|1.||Brexit||Great Britain||Economic Aspects|
|2.||Brexit||European Union||Social Aspects|
|3.||Great Britain||Leave||European Union|
|1.||US Trade Policy||Agriculture|
|2.||US Trade Policy||China|
|3.||US Trade Policy||Tariffs|