Step Two Read the overview to gain a good understanding of the scope of the topic, what are the subtopics or related topics, key issues, different opinions, key figures, places and so on. Sometimes a concept map (see the example below) will be helpful. When reading, write down the keywords or terms that you think may be useful for your future search.
Step Three Try to select one or two articles to read to collect background information. List additional keywords.
Step Four Draft a sentence stating your topic, trying to define the scope precisely.
Step Five Test your potential topic by using your keywords and doing searches in Library Search or other databases.
Step Six Thinking of what type of sources will be useful for your arguments: newspaper stories/cases, statistics data, academic articles, etc.