Researching is messy and you'll feel like you are going in circles sometimes, which is okay! There are a lot of steps to go through before you start writing your paper. This visualization can help you navigate your way through the process.
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Once you have selected a topic, it is helpful to find additional background information. What to look for when learning more about the topic:
If your topic is "what influence has hip-hop music had on fashion trends," what kinds of background information would you need to know in order to find resources to write your paper?
It is also known as brainstorming, and is very useful for generating topics and keywords for your writing. You can create a mind map by hand using pen and paper, or find an online tool.