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SIS 2038: Monsters Medieval Style: Developing Your Topic
Steps in a Nutshell
Choose or identify your topic
State your topic as a research question
Explore your topic and learn more about it
Identify the key concepts
Develop a list of keywords and alternative terms
Useful Tools for Exploring a Topic and Search Terms
The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) "is the accepted authority on the evolution of the English language over the last millennium. It is an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of over half a million words, both present and past."
It's a useful tool when searching for the definitive meaning of words, and for understanding the etymology of a word. You can see the language of origin, part of speech, date of first citation, and what it was first cited in.