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GPS 220: Economics / Political Science - Bronstone: Research Planning

Step 2: Get Background Information


  • Overview   -   Gain a broad understanding of your topic
  • Definitions - Be an informed reader
  • Notable Names - Know the major players
  • Dates & Events - Contextualize your topic
  • Bibliographies - Fish those citations!

 General Encyclopedias

Periodical Search

Step 3: Brainstorm Synonyms

Build a list of keyword synonyms and concepts


"human nature" • "nature of man" "government"


Then mix and match search terms!