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Develop a Topic and Create a Concept Map

Develop a Topic

Follow the steps below before searching for information.  It will be a big time saver in the end! 

1.  Write down your topic.

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2.  Identify the main words and concepts in each question. These are your keywords.

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3.  Identify alternative words and concepts for your keywords.

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4.  Identify subject areas relevant to your topic.

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Create a concept map for your topic

A concept map can help you begin to think about your topic and create a search strategy. Concept maps include the key concepts associated with your topic, alternative terminology for these concepts, and the relationships between the various aspects of your topic.  Use the tools below to

Print a concept map for your use.

View a completed concept map. 

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