You may find it helpful to begin with an overview of your topic before delving into in-depth research.
Many students begin an assignment with a question and use research to find the answer. But in academic writing research is actually part of the process of finding the question. Try beginning with a broad topic and doing research to figure out a question to ask about it. As you find facts about your subject you'll have a better sense of what kind of question you should be asking--with the help of research skills, you can devise an appropriate and achievable question.
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Use the Gale Virtual Reference Library to search for background information about your topic. Enter your term or phrase, find "Overview" type articles to find out the background, sub-topics, and literature reviews. This will help you to uncover key words, key dates, key names and events or legislation which will help you narrow and focus your topic.
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