Donald, Robert B. et al. Writing Clear Essays, Third Edition. Prentice Hall: Upper Saddle River, NJ, 1996. 4-5.
A brief overview of brainstorming, freewriting, and journal keeping collecting techniques. Basic level of writing.
Reinking, James A., Andrew W. Hart, and Robert Von Der Osten. Strategies for Successful Writing: A Rhetoric, Research Guide, and Reader. Fourth Edition. Prentice Hall: Upper Saddle River, NJ, 1996. 12-20.
Discusses strategies for finding a topic. Gives exercises and examples of brainstorming, freewriting, journaling, and sorting. Discusses the link between audience and purpose and selecting a topic.