4 things to do BEFORE you start researching!
1. Get a Library Password…to get Library stuff from home or off campus!
Go to http://www.csulb.edu/library/access.html from any computer.
2. Pick a topic
Pick a manageable topic that meets the requirements of the assignment.
Topic: The use of steroids by college student athletes
3. Pick keywords from your topic
The next step is picking keywords. Keywords are the most "important" words in your research question. Think of synonyms and other ways to describe your topic. For example:
Steroidsà doping, performance enhancing drugs, anabolic steroids
college student athletesà athletes, students, ncaa, football, basketball, baseball
4. Connecting your keywords
Use AND and OR to connect your keywords. AND combines different terms. OR combines synonyms. Always put ( ) around OR terms! à steroids AND athletes