6/24/1946-London, England- Martha Gellhorn and Virginia Cowles, American authors who served as war reporters during World War II, flew to England to attend opening night of their play, "Love Goes to War," based on their experiences in Italy. The authors are shown with members of the cast at the Embassy Theatre, Swiss Cottage, London. Left to right: Ralph Michael, who plays a public relations officer in the British army; Virginia Cowles; Martha Gellhorn; and Irene Worth, who plays one of the woman correspondents. Photo courtesy of Corbis
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- Write your topic as a question.
- Think of as many words as you can to describe your topic. Add more words, subject headings, and public policy terms that you find as you search.
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Take time to explore what kind of information is available. See what others have published in books or periodical articles.
Be open to new ideas: Modify your topic as you discover more information.
Research is a process.
It takes time to search and to think about what you find and how it fits with your topic.
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