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ENGL 002 - Strategy-Based Reading II - Wright

Welcome to your class LibGuide!

LibGuides are online web pages created by librarians to help students perform various tasks, such as using library resources or conducting research.

Class Handout and Presentation

Choosing a Topic and Keywords

  1. If you don't know what topic to choose, start with a general subject area, then browse the library shelves, databases, or Internet for ideas.

  2. Select a topic.
    Example: Asthma

  3. What do you already know about the topic? What do you want to say about the topic?
    Example: Asthma is a respiratory condition. It can be life-threatening. People with asthma usually require treatment to control their symptoms. People with asthma often limit their activity.

  4. What is your opinion on your topic?
    Example: A person with asthma can safely participate in sports.

  5. Select your search terms from your statement sentence.
    Example: It can be healthy for children with asthma to participate in sports.

  6. Select your search terms. Think of related keywords and variations to use as search terms. 



    health (y)


    safe (ty)





  7. Use these words in search boxes in the library catalog, databases, and on the Internet to gather information to support your argument.

The Research Process

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