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The first step in research is coming up with a research question. To get ideas you can:
Once you have a topic in mind for your research paper, write it down as a question! Don't worry about getting your question perfect, you're just getting started.
For example: How do government bailouts affect the national economy?
Now you can identify the keywords in your question. In this case, government, bailouts, and national economy
With a research question or topic ready to explore, it's time to start searching. Where you go next depends on what you need to know and what you need to find. Here are a few suggestions:
Here are a few databases to help you get started with your economics research: