Approach #1: List Key Words of Interest
Make lists of concepts and topics you find interesting, as well as lists of related words and synonyms. These can serve as your key search terms.
|Concept 1:||Concept 2:||Look For:|
|educational choice||educational access||related terms?|
|open enrollment||access to education||alternate phrases?|
|educational vouchers||social justice||
key names, events?
Approach #2: Draw It Out
Sketch out the relationships between ideas.
Approach #3: Define it in Sentences
Write an explanation of your topic, justifying it on multiple levels:
I am studying...
conformity in Woolf’s Orlando
in order to find out...
how Orlando’s efforts to conform and ﬁt in change over time
in order to help my reader understand...
the role maturity and self-awareness play in the character’s efforts to conform to societal norms.
Adapted from The Craft of Research by Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Colomb, and Joseph M. Williams.
From Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries "Expository Writing" LibGuide