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HIST330 - Women's Activism in the Modern World: Create a Plan

Revolution, War & Peace: Women's Activism in the Modern World

The Outline is Your Roadmap

Brainstorm: List all the ideas that you want to include in your paper.
Organize: Group related ideas together.
Order: Arrange the groups in subsections from general to specific or from abstract to concrete.
Note: List resources found for each section of your outline.

A quick review of the outline will help you identify areas that still need research to support the ideas presented, BEFORE you start the process of writing the paper.

See additional helpful outlining tips at the Purdue University Online Writing Lab:

Finding Keywords

Once you have nailed down a subject, it's time to find keywords to use in your searches for articles and other materials. Here are some tips for mining keywords from your background searches.

  • Check the subject terms describing the articles
  • Mine keywords from the abstracts of the articles  or reviews of books. Look especially for words that uniquely describe the topic
  • Look at the bibliography or sources cited at the bottom of articles read for background information, and look at the subject terms assigned to them.
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