ENG 210: Get Started
Selecting a topic
Look through your readings or the news for ideas on what to write about. What sounds interesting to you? What do you want to know more about?
Research something that is personal. What are you interested in? What makes you angry? What needs to change in the world? The possibilities are endless.
Research Tip - Keywords
Developing the proper keywords is a crucial step in the research process. Use the overview stage to help you find the best terms for searching and to develop a search strategy. Look carefully for synonyms as well as broader and narrower ways to refer to your topic.
Getting Started: Encyclopedias & Dictionaries
Begin your research by searching for background information on your topic, using one of the Reference Databases listed below.