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Step 1: Brainstorm Synonyms

Build a list of keyword synonyms and concepts from your initial topic

No Child Left Behind NCLB Act
Effect Outcomes Assessment
School • Education • Primary School Elementary School • High School

(Any additioal concepts!)
Challenges Curricula Training....etc

Then mix and match search terms!

e.g. "No child left behind" + outcomes + "elementary school"


Step 2: Get Background Information, beat the Wikipedia Dilemma


  • 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

Subject Specific Encyclopedias

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

Periodicals by Title

  • Periodical Search
    A link that allows you to browse or search for periodicals by name and can be used to determine if a journal is peer-reviewed.

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