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Steps of the Research Process

This guide outlines the four steps of the research process

Choosing and narrowing a topic

  1. State your topic as a question: What effect does genetically engineered food have on the health of consumers?
  2. Identify the main concepts: genetically engineered foods AND health AND consumers
  3. Select alternative keywords for main concepts:
  4. MAIN CONCEPTS
    ALTERNATIVE TERMS
    genetically altered foods GMO (genetically modified organisms)
    biotechnology and food
    genetically engineered
    health and safety food safety
    hazard(ous)
    well being
    consumers public
    people
  5. Test your topic. Search for your keywords in OneSearch in the library's homepage or in background sources like encyclopedias

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