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PSY 1100 Strategic Thinking: Getting Started

A guide to library databases, website evaluation tips, and other resources helpful for students studying Strategic Thinking

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Brainstorming

Having a hard time coming up with a topic for your presentation or paper? Here are a couple of ways to brainstorm your way to the perfect topic:

  • Use a Mind Map: Search a keyword in the Credo Reference Mind Map. Each keyword will give you other related topic pages to narrow your search. Keep clicking until you find something that interests you!
  • Think Current: For an assignment where you have to make an argument or persuade your reader, you may want to pick a current event or issue to argue for or against. Opposing Viewpoints in Context is a great place to start. You can choose Browse Issues to get ideas on topics. Each topic page will have summaries of different viewpoints on the issue. Alternatively, the Featured News column on the right houses news articles on current events. Browse through either of these to get ideas for a topic!
  • Get Personal: Are you passionate about a cause? Is there a particular subject (sports, medicine, movies, etc) that interests you? Think of ideas that spark your interest. It's much easier to write about something you actually care about!
  • Narrow it Down: Choose a broad topic idea (e.g. football). Narrow this down until you get something that looks more like a thesis statement (e.g. football should be banned from high schools because of the danger of concussion OR football shouldn't be banned from high schools because it promotes teamwork). This page does a great job explaining how to refine a topic. Try searching the databases and see what kind of results you get. If you're getting too many, you might need to narrow it down more!

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