Break your topic down into its basic parts...
Identify the Main Concepts
Write your research question down. Underline the main ideas in that question.
Example: How does aging affect memory loss?
Make a list of keywords
For each concept, make a list of keywords related to it. Use synonyms, and go back to your background research to find academic vocabulary and terms.
Example: Aging, elderly, seniors, aged, growing older, senescent, old age, geriatric...
Or use this work sheet to guide you:
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