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Step 1: Brainstorm Synonyms

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

Retirement  "Retirement Communities" Geriatric "Golden Years"
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Recreation Art Crafts
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(Any additioal concepts!)
Then mix and match search terms!

e.g. "Retirement" + Art

 

Step 2: Get Background Information, beat the Wikipedia Dilemma

Encyclopedias

  • 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

  •  "FETCH!" Research Starters


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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