One of the most important aspects of research is finding the right words to find the information you want. Consider the following ideas as you work on your topic:
Each of these questions influences how and where you should look for resources for your research paper. Briggs Library has a variety of databases and access points to help you find quality information.
For example, suppose you are interested in proposing installation of solar panels on a parking garage to help offset electricity costs. Let's look at words you might choose:
|Solar Panels||Parking Garage|
Additional terms to consider: solar cells, solar energy, photovoltaic power systems, photovoltaic cells
|Additional terms to consider: parking lots, parking facilities, parking structures|
Databases often have other words you can use. See the Search Strategies pages of the Research 101 Guide to learn more.
Take a few minutes and think about your topic.