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    Step 1: Search Terms from Research Question

    Good Reaserch Question = Poor Search Terms:

    How does social media impact users' perception of their body image?

     Find important words, and refine ambiguous terms

    How does social media impact users' perception of their body image?

    social media (define impact) (define user?(perception implied by body image)

    Good Search Terms:

    social media, impact -> change,  user, body image



    Step 2: Get Background Information

    Finding 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

                   Use Fetch to find online encyclopedia entries aka Research Starters for your search terms. Body Image

                   Other useful online encyclopedias:
                                  Wikipedia: Body Image (Remember, use only for preliminary research and information from appropriate references)

             Subject Specific Encyclopedias

    •          Extensive - Gain a more in-depth understanding of your topic


    • Definitions - Be an informed reader


    Step 3: Gather More Search Terms

    Build a list of keywords and synonyms


    Body Image • Self Image • Personal Perception

    User • Heavy/Light User • Women • Men •Teens • Kids • Boys • Girls • Adolescents

    Improved • Better • Increased • Decreased • Reduced • Satisfaction• Dissatisfaction • Pride • Shame

    Social Media • Social Networks • Facebook • Myspace • Twitter • Instagram


    Research Tip: Use a Concept Map to Brainstorm

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