Brainstorm Brainstorm

Before researching, write out a few detailed sentences about your topic, underlining the key words in these sentences. From the description that you wrote, create a list of related keywords and phrases.

Once you have an initial list, think of other terms that also describe your topic.

Come up with synonyms - other words or phrases that have the same meaning - for your terms. Don't forget to list alternative spellings, abbreviations, and acronyms for words on your list. You should also identify words that have broader or narrower meanings than your original terms.

For example, consider using broader and narrower terms for "undergraduate"
  • broader term: university student
  • original term: undergraduate
  • narrower term: freshman
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