Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.
Research Guides@TCC Libraries

Research Step by Step

Databases for Choosing a Topic

Several library databases include a "Browse by Topic" section, which can be used to help you select a topic or subtopic.

Websites for Choosing a Topic

Some websites provide lists of topics. Remember to search library databases for credible information on your selected topic. Not sure if a source is credible? Step 5: Evaluate Your Sources should help you ask the right questions.

Developing a Search Strategy (5:28)

This video provides an introduction to developing a search strategy.

"Developing a Search Strategy" from TCC Libraries, 2019 on Vimeo is licensed under CC-BY-NC-SA. Creative Commons License

Tips for Developing a Search Strategy

  • Write down your topic. It may help to brainstorm a question that you hope to address in your assignment. (Example: How does social media affect body image?)
  • Select 2-3 main keywords that describes your topic. You will use these keywords to search for information. (Example: social media, body image)
  • Brainstorm synonyms for your keywords. Synonyms can be used to broaden or narrow your searches. (Example: Facebook, physical appearance) 

Keywords and Synonyms: social media: social network, mass media, social communication, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram; Body image: mental image of body, self-esteem, physical appearance, perception of own body