Generating ideas and doing background research are best done together.
Background research lays a foundation for understanding the broader context, controversies, prominent ideas, and sub-topics of a particular area. It provides a basis from which ideas can be generated and questions asked.
Click the sections below to review specific techniques you can use to help generate ideas and conduct background research to help form your ideas. Also review Brainstorming and Plus, Minus, Interesting (PMI) located in Resources.
Using Encyclopedias & Dictionaries
Using Periodical Indexes
Browsing Library Shelves