Step 2: Explore Topic
To explore your topic, you take stock of what you already know about the topic and, in many cases, do a quick, surface-level search for information about the topic. This will better prepare you when you begin brainstorming keywords and searching for the resources that will inform your paper or assignment.
Key things to know
Infographic: Brainstorming Keywords
Infographic: Where to get started with research
- Get started by reading the Wikipedia entry on your topic. You won’t use Wikipedia as a reference in your research paper, but the notes and citations section at the bottom can give you a great jumping-off point.
- You may already have all of the background information you need just from the information you’ve learned in class and/or your textbook. Review your course notes and lecture materials for ideas!