*Note, that you won't necessarily be citing these resources in your final research project. You're just using them to brainstorm ideas.
Use a concept map to help you brainstorm related terms and subtopics. Here is an example of what a concept map looks like. You may also be interested in downloading the worksheet below to help you through the brainstorming process.
Regardless of our own backgrounds and previous knowledge we all carry with us preconceived notions and bias about certain topics. That's why it's important to start your research with a question. This will help you approach your research with a fresh perspective and prevent you from falling prey to confirmation bias.
How to come up with a research question:
Example Research Questions:
Ok: Are video games bad for kids?
Better: Does playing violent video games lead to more aggressive behavior in children?
Ok: What is the effect on the environment from global warming?
Better: How is glacial melting affecting penguins in Antarctica?