1. Identify your research topic or research question. Be specific, not general. For example:
How has fast food contributed to the childhood obesity epidemic?
2. Divide your research topic or question into basic key ideas, called “concepts.” Example:
3. Write other words or phrases that might be used for each concept; put quotes around phrases (multiple words to be searched together, e.g. “fast food”); write OR between different yet synonymous words or phrases for each concept. Example:
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