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Strategy A) To narrow your topic to a researchable question or statement, complete the following statements:
1) I am researching ________________________ (topic)
2) because I want to find out ____________ (issue/question)
3) in order to ________________________ (application/significance).
Strategy B) Making Connections. Complete this worksheet to make scholarly connections between a primary text and related themes.
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Keywords are the essential elements that describe complex ideas and topics; the important, descriptive nouns and verbs. Do not try to search sentences—find keywords or keyword phrases.
Focus on the concepts at the heart of your question first. Using these core concepts you will generate several relevant keywords that will better focus your search results.
Research Question: En Coser y Cantar cómo se trata el tema de identidad cultural?
Brainstorm Keywords (start with main concepts above, and then add synonyms and related terms):
|Concept 1||Concept 2||Concept 3||Concept 4|
|identidad cultural||Dolores Prida||Coser y Cantar||drama|
|cultural identity||Beautiful Señoritas and Other Plays||theater|
|identidad OR identity||teatro|
|culture OR cultura|
Mix and match your keywords to find sources in UW Libraries Search, Google Scholar, or a research database.
identidad AND Dolores Prida
* = truncation symbol, your friend
Two searches: 1 in English, one in Spanish