Choosing a Topic
Why Browse First?
There are two main reasons to browse through available sources before you start to narrow your topic:
- Keeping an open mind about possible topics as you browse is a great strategy if you want to ensure that there are sources available on your topic before you commit to it.
- Browsing with an open mind makes you a smarter searcher.
And here's one last piece of advice, to make this process more meaningful --
Choose a topic that you are interested in learning more about, not one that you already know a lot about.
This makes it easier to keep the kind of open mind you need for academic research, and it just makes the process more interesting.