This research guide will help you find sources for your annotated bibliography. Use the tabs above to navigate the guide.
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Before you start looking for information, take a few minutes to state a research question, identify possible keywords, and brainstorm alternate keywords. This will help focus your searches and save you time.
1. State a research question
Stating a research question will help you clarify your thoughts. For example, if you are investigating genetic engineering, you could ask questions such as:
2. Identify possible keywords
Look at your question. What are the key concepts? For example:
3. Brainstorm alternate keywords
Once you have picked out the keywords in your question, make a list of synonyms, related terms, broader terms, and narrower terms. Some good ways to find alternative terms are looking in reference works like encyclopedias, talking to professors and librarians, and brainstorming with friends.
Come back to this list for keywords to use when searching for information. As you seach, you may notice other terms used in the literature. Add these to the list. You may also find subject headings used in the controlled vocabulary of the catalogs and databases.
Ethic* (In many databases and catalogs, an asterisk can be used for truncation. Ethic* will search for any word that begins with "ethic," including "ethics" or "ethical.")
"Genetic engineering" (Broader term. In many databases and catalogs, quotation marks can be used to keep a phrase together in a search.)
"Genetic screening" (Related term)
Genomics (Related term)
Genetic therapy (Subject heading used in the MeSH controlled vocabulary)
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