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Step 1: Search Terms from Research Question

Starting Reaserch Question:

What are the implications of the letter grade system?

 Find important words, and refine ambiguous terms:

     What are the implications of the letter grade system?

Good Initial Search Terms: (Think of synonyms)

     implications,  "letter grade"


Step 2: Get Background Information


  • Overview   -   Gain a broad understanding of your topic
  • Definitions - Be an informed reader
  • Notable Names - Know the major players
  • Dates & Events - Contextualize your topic
  • Bibliographies - Fish those citations!

 General Encyclopedias


Step 3: Gather More Search Terms

Build a list of keywords and synonyms



  "letter grading"   "grading scale" "Refined Grading System"

  "pros and cons"  • implications   impact effects

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