Choosing a Collection to Research

Researching a collection is a great way to learn more about a topic or series of items, but figuring out what to pursue can be difficult. Without any notable conditions, choosing a collection involves both a personal desire to pursue and an interesting subject matter.

One of the first things to get started in choosing a collection is coming up with different options. A node diagram is a handy tool to use, as it allows you to list out dozens of ideas every minute in a sketch pad or note book.

Below is an example node diagram I created for a research project, focusing purely on noun options.

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Above, my node diagram for this exercise, which has listed out a bunch of different nouns.

The quality isn’t great, but that doesn’t matter! From this diagram I have plenty of different noun options that I can use.

After going through my diagram I put together 20 options I think could work for myself, and then grouped them into different noun categories (eg. Clothing/accessories, Cars, Cities, etc.). I also went through and listed out some Pros and Cons for each option, which might address concerns with an option.

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Music nouns.

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City nouns.

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Animal nouns.

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Car nouns.

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Clothing/Accessory nouns.

The next step after this will involve picking an option and going into more detail, which should be done after some timely consideration of the options.

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