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ENG 112: College Composition II - Nature Writing and Environmentalism (Montroso - AL)

Topic Ideas, Learn About Your Topic


Use encyclopedias to:

  • Define terms.
  • Find an overview of your topic.
  • Discover related ideas and terms.

Encyclopedias contain quick facts and topic overviews, but are typically not used as sources in papers because they are usually too general in scope.

Write Down...

As you find information related to your topic, write down key words and ideas you come across, including:

Synonyms and related terms


Arguments for and against your topic

Names of people

Names of organizations



These are your KEYWORDS; you will likely continue to find more keywords as you do your research.  You will use these terms to do more effective searches.