When you are assigned to a write a paper and have to choose the topic, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by ideas or completely at a loss. Thankfully, the Rutgers Libraries provide resources to help you choose and narrow your research topic.
The resources on this page will assist you in gathering background information and refining your topic.
The following sources are useful to identify topics, overviews, background information, concepts, theories, ideas, and key references:
Using the attached "Search Term Development" worksheet:
Mind mapping is another technique to help you with brainstorming and further developing relevant search terms. In order to create a mind map, you usually start in the middle of the page with the central theme/main idea and from that point you work outward in all directions to create a growing diagram composed of keywords, phrases, concepts, facts and figures Click on the mind map template below on the left and try it on your own device.
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