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FYW: This is Your Brain on Drugs: Starting Points

Developing a TOPIC

Brainstorming

Not finding enough on your topic? Not finding anything on your topic? Are you using the best keywords and concepts to describe what you're looking for?

Brainstorming the different words and phrases used to describe your topic is one the most helpful things you can do to start your research. It gets you really thinking about your topic and the ways it can be approached.

If you're having trouble getting the storm started, try reading a few encyclopedia articles. Look for keywords in the article and the different ways it's described there. You might start by searching for information in online reference packages such as Oxford Reference Online or Credo Reference.

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