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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Ex: Computer use in education
Electronic learning labs
Computer use in Education
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:
"Integrating computers into the first grade curriculum to precipitate cognitive developmental growth“
education & technology
Computer use for
in elementary education
electronic learning labs
* 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.