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PIT FYS - Rich Nations Poor Nations - Prof. Yamane FA 17

Defining Your Information Need

Thinking through your search before you begin will help you be more effective overall. Think about the questions below to help yourself devise the most useful study strategy to you. 

Generating Keywords

An important part of researching your topic is generating important concepts to look for information on, or keywords. If you need help brainstorming different keywords to find sources on your topic, or are a visual learner, this tool might help with mapping out your ideas. 

Place your main idea in the center box, then break it down into subsequent ideas or sections. Brainstorm different words or terms you could research in order to find information on those topics! 

Tools for brainstorming keywords