Try one of the methods on this page to learn more about what you want to research.
(Sustaining Life in Space: Problems with space exploration)
(Effects of zero gravity on astronauts)
(Beating the Russians: Planning a moon mission)
(Renewing faith in science: aftershock of the Moon mission)
(Designing a moon lander: NASA engineers behind Apollo 11)
(From Test Pilots to Astronauts: the new heroes of the Air force)
(Corporations that made money from the American Space Program)
(The billion dollar bill: taxpayer reaction to thecost of sending men to the moon)
Adapted from Utah State University Library
You may find the following table to be a helpful way to organize your data. Keep in mind that this is NOT your thesis statement, just a tool to focus your research. If you can fill out this table, you most likely have a narrow enough topic with enough direction to perform some great research.
1) I am researching ____________ (topic)
2) because I want to find out _______ (issue/question)
3) in order to _______ (application - so what?)
Adapted from Brigham Young University Library
|Research Idea||Concept 1||Concept 2||Concept 3|
|I want to know about smoking.
|Does smoking cause cancer?||smoking||
|To what extent do teens know smoking causes cancer?||
Add synonyms and related words. List synonyms and related terms (keywords) for each concept. This will expand your search capabilities.
Example: I want to look at using wind to generate power in California.
Keywords to use: wind power, wind generation, wind generators, California (might also try West Coast, United States)
Example: Some sources may use capital punishment while others may use the term death penalty.
The more related terms you try while doing research, the more successful you will be.
Adapted from Oklahoma City Community College library