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Business: Research Help

Formatting and Citation Help

The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University has writing resources and instructional material.


Explore - Find your Topic

Refine - Focus on one area of the Topic

Evaluate - Find resources (articles) on the Topic

Write - Gather information and your thoughts on the Topic together

CRAAP = Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy, and Purpose.

Research Tips

  • Use and combine keywords and phrases
  • Use Truncation (*) for root words
  • use broader terms
  • use boolean terms (AND,OR,NOT)
  • Use tabs or search suggestions to find new terms
  • Keep It Simple
  • Gradually add search terms
  • Use words that websites would use (ex: I need to write a resume - Resume Help OR Resume Tips)
  • Use important words only (instead of a sentence - try keywords)
  • Want the latest - can limit by search by time (under Tools on google) 


Where do you start?  Brainstorming 

Grab a piece of paper and write down any ideas that come to mind about your topic. 

Cluster Diagram 

A cluster diagram can help you visualize the main points of your paper. 

Tree Diagram 

A tree diagram begins with the initial idea or topic which is then broken down into subtopics. 

Venn Diagram 

A venn diagram can help to compare and contrast ideas. 

Developing an Outline - from Purdue Owl. Includes outline components, how to outline, and types of outlines.

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