T. S. Eliot AND letters
Gwendolyn Brooks AND interview
Modernism AND Sources
Symbolism AND Yeats
Modernism AND aesthetics
Modernism AND war trauma
(Women or gender) AND modernism AND poetry
Subject Words Examples:
Both are necessary. Research is a fluid, creative and elastic process. For example, you can narrow down your topic when it is too broad or when you find too much information. Using specific words can make your search results more precise. You can expand, refine, and revise your search words when you do not find enough information or the right kind of information. Always, pay attention to new keywords and subject words that you will discover in the book or article citation/description. Add them to your notes. You may be surprised that your essay will miraculously grow from your words, thoughts, and notes, over time.
1. What is your topic?
Your topic can be words, phrases, or questions. Any idea is worth exploring.
Are the words in the topic vague or clear? What words would be more clear?
Is the topic too general? What words/concepts would be more specific?
Is your topic too broad?
How can you narrow down your topic so it is more focused?
5. Break down complex topics
If your topic is complex and convoluted, break down the topic into several smaller topic areas.