Writing about an unfamilair topic? Gather background information on your topic from reference books to help you understand and focus your topic. Background information will help you identify key concepts and search terms.
Try these online sources
You will need a Libray PIN to access these databases from off-campus.
Brainstorming about your research topic is an essential step in the research process. Concept maps are a great tool for brainstorming and connecting your ideas.
For your Common Reading Research Assignment, create a concept map for the topic you plan to research for the annotated bibliography assignnment. Your research topic will be at the center of your map.
Belk Library at Appalachain State University offers an example of how to use a concept map to brainstorm search terms and narrow down to an acceptable research question or thesis.