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Explore a Topic

Developing a research question can be a challenge. Give yourself time to brainstorm and explore using the tips below.

Explore a Topic Tips

Picking a topic IS research!  Pre-research includes:
  • Finding and reading a few sources on your topic
  • Tweaking a topic based on what you find (or don’t find)
  • Continuing this cycle to test your topic and find useful resources

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Developing a good research question can be the most difficult part of the research process. These steps may help:
Browse these resources (some print, some online) to jumpstart your topic brainstorm process:
Don't forget to consider background information!
See the "Background" tab at the top of the page.

Explore your topic with this pre-research assignment.

Complete this worksheet (in print or digital format) and bring to library research session to reference during class.

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