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Pre-Research     Why do it?
What is Pre-Research?   Pre-Research is the act of gathering basic information about a    potential topic using a variety...
Creating a Keyword List   The Pre-Research stage is also a great time to gather and discover    keywords.   Creating a k...
Why is a Keyword List so important?   Pre-Research also allows you to become more familiar with terms,    vocabulary, and...
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Pre research

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Pre research

  1. 1. Pre-Research Why do it?
  2. 2. What is Pre-Research? Pre-Research is the act of gathering basic information about a potential topic using a variety of reference sources.Why should we Pre-Research? Pre-Research allows you to learn more facts and information about your topic. Pre-Research also helps you narrow or expand your topic ideas and gives you a more clear picture of what type of information is available on your topic. Be flexible – you may find that you have to tweak your topic during the Pre-Research process by narrowing or broadening.
  3. 3. Creating a Keyword List The Pre-Research stage is also a great time to gather and discover keywords. Creating a keyword list will help the research process go more smoothly because you will have already developed a unique vocabulary that will allow you to communicate with the databases and catalogs. Having a robust keyword list will be a huge advantage when you begin researching in larger databases, such as Bulldog OneSearch. The keyword list is something that you will continue to add to and develop throughout the research process.
  4. 4. Why is a Keyword List so important? Pre-Research also allows you to become more familiar with terms, vocabulary, and phrases used by researchers writing about that time period and by people who lived during that time period. Knowing the right vocabulary allows you to pinpoint the exact type of resource you are looking for.Parting shot… Not all of the sources and information that you discover during the Pre-Research phase will be used in your final product or paper. Pre-Research is an exploratory phase of research, a time to gather words and ideas – only pick the best and most unique sources for your final product.

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