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Starting your Research: Getting Started

This guide will tell you everything you need to know about beginning a research project

Subject-specific research guides

Create a research plan

Make your search for resources more useful by using the Create a Research Plan worksheet:

Create a Research Plan (Blank)


  • Pose your topic in the form of a statement OR a question.
  • Choose 2-4 most important terms (keywords) drawn directly from your research statement/question and write each in the Keywords column in separate boxes.
  • In the synonyms column, write at least ONE synonym, or related term (broader or narrower) for each keyword.

Tip:  For ideas for synonyms/related terms, write down in the Synonyms/Related Terms column any subject headings from a helpful article to use as potential search terms.

General Researching Overview

This guide was created by EasyBib and give a great overview on the research process for beginners.