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Beginning Research
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Developing a good research question:



Often the most difficult part of the research process, developing a research question is also the most critical. Until your question is strong and focused, it will be very hard to move on to the next step where you search for high-quality information to answer your research question.

There are a number of steps you can take to ensure success at this stage of your research project:

  • Talk to a Librarian Click to go to Ask a Librarian

  • Consult an encyclopedia
      Choose from dozens of general or specialized encyclopedias to provide
      additional information on your topic. Bibliographies from these resources
      can lead you to additional research sources.

  • "Quest for Questions" Learning Object
      This tool will help you think of great research questions!
    **This tool uses SOUND - please make sure your volume is turned down or you use head phones if you are in a public space!!

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