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Formulate an Information Need Clearly. START. Step 1 Defining your research topic. The topic is the idea that you are researching. Usually your instructor assigns the research area. Ex: Computer use in education. NEXT. Try brainstorming to choose a specific topic:

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Formulate an Information Need Clearly

START


Step 1Defining your research topic

  • The topic is the idea that you are researching.

  • Usually your instructor assigns the research area.

    Ex: Computer use in education

NEXT


  • Try brainstorming to choose a specific topic:

    • Listing connected concepts

    • Mapping out ideas

    • Discussing theme with your instructor

    • Browsing newspapers and journals

    • Surfing reliable websites

    • Exchanging ideas with fellow students

    • Framing the search as a question

  • For example:

NEXT


How can computer use be integrated in the first grade curriculum to improve the cognitive development of students?

Elementary school

Professional

websites

First grade

Electronic learning labs

Computer use in Education

Curriculum

Teaching software

Cognitive development

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Step 2Finding your subject areas

  • There are three major academic disciplines.

  • Each discipline includes many subject areas.

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  • Think about your topic from many different angles.

  • You may use an encyclopedia for background information.

  • Your research topic may fall into more than one discipline.

  • Ex.: Computer use in elementary education for cognitive development

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Step 3: Formulating Keywords

  • It is possible to use more than one word for the same concept.

  • Think about synonyms for keywords.

  • Use related terms to expand your search.

    Ex: Your research topic is "Integrating computers into the first grade curriculum to precipitate cognitive developmental growth“.

    The following chart illustrates the keywords for this topic:

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"Integrating computers into the first grade curriculum to precipitate cognitive developmental growth“

Subject(s):

education & technology

Keywords:

first grade

elementary school

cognitive development

curriculum

teaching

Topic:

Computer use for

cognitive development

in elementary education

Keywords:

comput*

web

electronic learning labs

teaching software

educational technology

* An asterisk stands for truncation. Truncation allows you to search for all the words after the keyword root “comput*”-- compute, computer, computers, computing, computerize, etc.

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