1. Identify Topic
In some classes, you may be assigned a topic or subject for a research paper. In others, you choose the topic yourself.
Having trouble identifying a topic?
- Consult your instructor for assistance.
- Ask a librarian.
- Use library resources, i.e. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
- Use a trusted internet source, i.e. Librarians' Internet Index.
After selecting a topic, make a list of all the KEYWORDS or phrases related to the subject. Your keywords will be useful during your research process.