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Eastern Florida Online (EFO) Students' Library Guide

Information for students who take classes online

Topic Development

Listed below are selected resources for help in choosing a research topic:   

Library Databases for topic suggestions (must log in with B Number & PIN)

Reference Materials give you a general overview of a subject. 

Books give a broad, thorough treatment of a subject.

Periodicals provide information that is focused, usually from a contemporary point of view.

Web Pages can include all information types. Since web publication is fast, use it for very current information. 

Media Resources provide visual and auditory details which can not be captured in written text. 

Once you have selected a topic and before you start searching for resources, it is helpful to perform these steps:

Topic: What is the relationship between teenage eating habits and health problems?  

Step 1: Break the topic into main concepts:
teenage
eating habits
health problems

Step 2: Brainstorm keywords for each concept:
Try thinking of synonyms and related terms. A thesaurus may be helpful. 

teenage

eating habits

health problems

teenager(s)
teen(s)
adolescent(s)
adolescence
youth

eating
eating habits
food
food habits
diet(s)
nutrition
nutritional habits

health
health problems
disease(s)
well being
sickness
disorders
obesity

Step 3: Combine your terms in a search  

For additional information on combining terms in a Boolean search, refer to the Search Strategies module in BILT.