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ENG101: First-Year Composition (Nielson/Murphy)

A guide to finding supporting research materials for writing a persuasive paper on FOOD.

CONCEPTualizing Your Topic

You've got a paper due. Your instructor has given you a general topic. Now, what? Where do you start? First, you need to narrow down that broad topic to a more manageable one. See the Focusing Your Topic handout linked below for tips on how to narrow down.

To search for supporting sources (books, DVDs, articles, etc.) you will need to identify your keywords and concepts. Use the CONCEPTualize Your Topic handout linked below to brainstorm keyword concepts, find synonyms/related terms and establish potential word combinations for the next step: Boolean searching.