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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 <bubbl.us>, MindNode or iThoughts.