ENGL 101 English Composition 1

Generate Keywords & Find your Focus

Concept Maps

Concept mapping is a great tool for helping you:

  1. Choose your topic
  2. Develop Research Questions
  3. Narrow or Broaden a Research Topic

Source: "Concept Mapping " by North Seattle College Library , is licensed under a Standard YouTube License.

Finding Concepts, Terminology, & Focus with Reference

You can use a reference database to scan for ideas, a focus, and keywords - as well as to get informed!

In the images below I do the following steps:

Step 1: I do a keyword search of climate change AND micronesia OR guam OR oceania. (note that you don't need to capitalize)

Step 2: I scan the encyclopedia titles and the article titles for ways to focus my research and for language and concepts I can learn from and use in my research.

Step 3: I can use an introductory reference article to get informed AND to find keywords I can use in my research. Notice all the highlighted words in the third image below.

Step 1:

search: climate change AND micronesia

Step 2: 

GVRL- results list-climate change and micronesia

Step 3: 

gvrl article highlighted climate change and micronesia

Video: From Topic to Keywords