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Brainstorming Topics and Search Terms

The research process

Research is a multi-step process that starts with selecting a research topic. This Brainstorming Topics and Search Terms tutorial is designed to support you with brainstorming topics and search terms, which are important parts of the research process. 

After you have an idea for a topic, use this tutorial to:

  • Explore the topic by conducting background research
  • Narrow the topic to a researchable question
  • Start to develop a search strategy by choosing search terms

When you're ready to start brainstorming, proceed through the tutorial to learn brainstorming tips and use the interactive brainstorming modules to export your ideas!

Basic steps of research

Review all the stages of the research process in the infographic below. 

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