Topic Brainstorming
I’ve got no ideas for my  research paper.
How much brainstorming  have you done?
Like, tons
Finding an idea is one of the  hardest parts of the research process.  Let me give you some advice.
Advice #1 Turn off your inner critic
The Brain has two hemispheres Right brain functions Thought Intuition Creativity Art & Music Left brain functions Analytic...
The Right Brain keeps you from turning into Spock Right brain functions Thought Intuition Creativity Art & Music
The Left Brain keeps you from turning into a Space Hippie Left brain functions Analytic Thought Logic Language Science & M...
To generate good ideas, you must silence your inner critic Right brain functions Thought Intuition Creativity Art & Music ...
And let your creative side play Right brain functions Left brain functions This is fun!
How do I do that?
Limit your time! Don’t give your brain time to criticize. Give yourself 20 minutes to come up 50 ideas.
Record your ideas on sticky notes
IDEA 1 IDEA 3 IDEA 2 IDEA 4 Organize them later
Or mind maps! Stay away from the computer - it will slow you down
Collaborate with others
In five years, what do I hope to have accomplished? Make lists of interests, hobbies, goals, concerns What do I want to do...
Advice #2 Look for inspiration elsewhere
Where?
The library of course!
LIBRARY RESOURCES Reference books Magazines Databases
LIBRARY RESOURCES Magazines
The library has a great collection of magazines to inspire you.  Just take a look at some of these samples!
The Week Everything that happened nationally and around the world last week:  News, Opinion, Science, Business, the Arts.
 
 
 
National Geographic :  Geography, Popular Science, History, Culture, Current Events, Photography.
 
 
 
Wired :  Technology & how it affects everything – news, everyday life, the environment, the arts, entertainment, and so on.
 
 
 
Smithsonian :  “ A monthly magazine created for modern, well-rounded individuals with diverse interests.”  Arts, History, ...
 
 
 
 
Discover :  Science for a general audience.  Science news, health, medicine, brain science, science in popular culture.
 
 
Popular Science :  Science & Technology for the general reader.
 
 
 
Psychology Today
 
 
 
New Scientist : Emerging research from a variety of fields, for scientists and the general public.
 
 
 
Scientific American Mind : Psychology, Neuroscience, and Related Fields.
 
 
Yes!:  Supports people’s active engagement in building a just and sustainable world.
 
Ode :  For intelligent optimists – news about people and ideas that are changing the world for the better. Also: How to li...
 
 
 
Newsweek :  Second biggest news magazine in the country: News, Editorials, Quotes, Political Cartoons, National & Internat...
 
 
 
Time :  Biggest news magazine in the country. Current events of all sorts.
 
 
 
Atlantic :  Cultural commentary, news in depth.
 
Aperture :  Photojournalism  magazine
 
 
Mental Floss : Celebrates people who are curious; presents facts and trivia in an interesting way.
 
 
 
LIBRARY RESOURCES Databases
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Your assignment: 1. Evidence of brainstorming (sticky notes, mind map, list) 2. One CURRENT magazine article on an interes...
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Topic brainstorming

  1. 1. Topic Brainstorming
  2. 2. I’ve got no ideas for my research paper.
  3. 3. How much brainstorming have you done?
  4. 4. Like, tons
  5. 5. Finding an idea is one of the hardest parts of the research process. Let me give you some advice.
  6. 6. Advice #1 Turn off your inner critic
  7. 7. The Brain has two hemispheres Right brain functions Thought Intuition Creativity Art & Music Left brain functions Analytic Thought Logic Language Science & Math
  8. 8. The Right Brain keeps you from turning into Spock Right brain functions Thought Intuition Creativity Art & Music
  9. 9. The Left Brain keeps you from turning into a Space Hippie Left brain functions Analytic Thought Logic Language Science & Math
  10. 10. To generate good ideas, you must silence your inner critic Right brain functions Thought Intuition Creativity Art & Music Left brain functions That ideas is dumb. It will never work.
  11. 11. And let your creative side play Right brain functions Left brain functions This is fun!
  12. 12. How do I do that?
  13. 13. Limit your time! Don’t give your brain time to criticize. Give yourself 20 minutes to come up 50 ideas.
  14. 14. Record your ideas on sticky notes
  15. 15. IDEA 1 IDEA 3 IDEA 2 IDEA 4 Organize them later
  16. 16. Or mind maps! Stay away from the computer - it will slow you down
  17. 17. Collaborate with others
  18. 18. In five years, what do I hope to have accomplished? Make lists of interests, hobbies, goals, concerns What do I want to do better? What do I want to learn more about? What experiences do I want to have? What controversial issues do I feel strongly about? What professions am I interested in? What problems do I want to see solved? What organizations or groups do I admire? Where would I like to travel?
  19. 19. Advice #2 Look for inspiration elsewhere
  20. 20. Where?
  21. 21. The library of course!
  22. 22. LIBRARY RESOURCES Reference books Magazines Databases
  23. 23. LIBRARY RESOURCES Magazines
  24. 24. The library has a great collection of magazines to inspire you. Just take a look at some of these samples!
  25. 25. The Week Everything that happened nationally and around the world last week: News, Opinion, Science, Business, the Arts.
  26. 29. National Geographic : Geography, Popular Science, History, Culture, Current Events, Photography.
  27. 33. Wired : Technology & how it affects everything – news, everyday life, the environment, the arts, entertainment, and so on.
  28. 37. Smithsonian : “ A monthly magazine created for modern, well-rounded individuals with diverse interests.” Arts, History, Sciences, Popular Culture.
  29. 42. Discover : Science for a general audience. Science news, health, medicine, brain science, science in popular culture.
  30. 45. Popular Science : Science & Technology for the general reader.
  31. 49. Psychology Today
  32. 53. New Scientist : Emerging research from a variety of fields, for scientists and the general public.
  33. 57. Scientific American Mind : Psychology, Neuroscience, and Related Fields.
  34. 60. Yes!: Supports people’s active engagement in building a just and sustainable world.
  35. 62. Ode : For intelligent optimists – news about people and ideas that are changing the world for the better. Also: How to live a more thoughtful life.
  36. 66. Newsweek : Second biggest news magazine in the country: News, Editorials, Quotes, Political Cartoons, National & International Coverage
  37. 70. Time : Biggest news magazine in the country. Current events of all sorts.
  38. 74. Atlantic : Cultural commentary, news in depth.
  39. 76. Aperture : Photojournalism magazine
  40. 79. Mental Floss : Celebrates people who are curious; presents facts and trivia in an interesting way.
  41. 83. LIBRARY RESOURCES Databases
  42. 100. Your assignment: 1. Evidence of brainstorming (sticky notes, mind map, list) 2. One CURRENT magazine article on an interesting topic 3. One article from the database on an interesting topic

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