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State your topic in the form of a question. That makes it easier to identify the main concepts. Main concepts will be the words or search terms you will use in your research.

Research Question Main Concepts
What are the effects of water pollution on aquatic birds?
  • Water
  • Pollution
  • Birds

For example, all these words are potential search terms.

  • oceans
  • rivers
  • streams
  • lakes
  • marine
  • harbors
  • oil spills
  • pollutants
  • sewage
  • contamination
  • waste
  • runoff
  • water fowl
  • ducks
  • seagulls
effects of water pollution on aquatic birds

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