Research Help

Library Instruction: Before You Start

How do you start a research project? You have to choose a topic, narrow your topic and come up with the key words you’ll need to search for books and articles on your topic…and this is before you even start research and writing!

Here are some free online tools to help you through the process.

Brainstorming logo provides you with a fun way to map and visualize your topic. You have to create an account (it’s easy) to save, print and export. is also great for group projects as can be seen below.

death penalty flow sheet
Visuwords logo

VisuWords is an online graphical dictionary. Put in any word and watch it go!

Visuwords results