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Research in a nutshell - NNPS: Choosing a topic

What is Academic Research

Getting Started on Research

Defining a topic

Before you start to search for any information spend some time thinking about your search terms and your topic.  

There are a couple of tips to make your life easier:

  • state your topic as a question: What are the effects of local eating on the economy and the environment? OR Is eating local healthier?
  • identify the concepts: What are the effects of local eating on the economy and the environment? OR Is eating local healthier
  • brainstorm for synonyms for the concepts:  We often use a concept table such as the one below to help brainstorm for other terms, but this is not the only way to brainstorm.  There are other visualization tools such as <>, MindNode or iThoughts.