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Creating a Research Strategy

Brainstorm Your Topic

1. Think about the 5 W’s – who, what, when, where, and why.

These questions are important because they cannot have a simple "yes" or "no" answer. This is how you begin to think about keywords for your topic. For example, if you think about "when," are you referring to the past, the present, or the future?




2. Use reference sources to get an overview of your topic, and to identify an interesting question and keywords. 

3. Concept maps, such as CREDO,  are another way to approach your topic.