Identify the research topic questions or problems being posed to you.
Gather your information.
Write down what you know about the topic.
What else do you need to know? What information are you missing to answer your research topic questions or problems?
Break your topic into key concepts, listing each concept (with synonyms!)
Create search strings to help you formulate your search.
Start your research.
Add to or refine your topic key concepts and search strings as you search to incorporate the information you find while searching.
What causes disease?
For any "disease" or condition, you could start by considering interactions among environmental and social factors.
» Poor diet, resulting from food choices, "causes" nutritional deficiency or obesity in a population
» Is it "caused" by historical distribution of land use, including (in developing countries) during colonial times?
» Or by the regulatory environment, including crop subsidies, food inspections, etc.?
» What about the role of NGOs, IGOs, aid networks?
» What about infrastructure, such as food distribution networks, transportation, etc.?
» Is the status of women/girls a factor?
» What is the role of commercial activity?
» What about the healthcare and health insurance system?
Let's talk about indexing!
» Do you want articles on labor or articles on labor? Or is it labour?
» Do you want articles on HIV (a virus) or articles on HIV diseases (such as AIDS)?
» Is epidemiology a concept relating to the causes and distribution of diseases, or is it what epidemiologist do?
» What's the difference between diet, food, food supply, food habits, food chain, nutritional status, eating, energy intake, ...?
» Is lead a noun or a verb?
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