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Think about the information that you already know about your topic. This prior knowledge can help direct your research project and help you in your search for more information. Having this information written out may help you expand or narrow your search.


Think about:

  • Are there other words to describe key ideas?
  • What is the accepted terminology?
  • Is there any technical vocabulary that you need to include?
  • What are some common words to describe your research subject?
  • Are there any important events or people that you already know about?