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Use this page if you want to learn more about aspects of your topic

Choosing a topic is research

You may have a broad topic idea when you walk into class today - and it may be as broad as 

'body image'

and that's ok. Choosing a topic is part of the research process. You're coming up with an IDEA which you then do some SEARCHing around and then you REFORMULATE your idea based upon what you have learned. You may go through this cycle a few times in different resources before you settle in on a topic you want to write about.

idea then search then reformulate then new idea then search then reformulate

Finding background information on concepts you're interested in will help you discover what scholars are researching.  Look for key terms you can use to help find an interesting peer-reviewed article. 
You can also use encyclopedias to understand terms or concepts that are new to you or methodologies you're not familiar with.

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