This research guide will point you toward the material you need to gather in your research - books, articles, websites, etc. Click on each page (tab) and read through the boxes on each page to explore the research tools available to you.
1. Brainstorm keywords, related terms and synonyms. Examples...
video games, gaming
children, adolescents, preteens, teens, teenagers, girls, boys
2. Use ANDto focus your search on a smaller result set. Examples...
video games AND violence AND teens
violence ANDteens ANDprevention
3. Use OR to link synonyms and gain a larger result set. Examples...
video games AND (teenagers OR adolescents OR teens)
video games AND (violence OR aggression)
4. Put quotations around your terms for exact searches Example: "video games"
The keywords you come up with represent the concepts and themes you're exploring. You can incorporate keywords into a question, and as you explore your topic in more depth you can turn that question into a hypothesis. For example:
1. Keywords: teens, violence, prevention
2. Question: How can violence between teenagers be prevented?
3. Hypothesis: Violence between teenagers can be prevented using anger management programs in schools.
Develop a research plan
ASK QUESTIONS TO DEFINE YOUR TOPIC
Or A 'concept map' may be helpful:
What is the definition?
What other wordscould be used to research this topic?
What are some causes ?
What are some results or consequences?
What larger social or political issues are related to this topic?