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All about Research: Module 1

Module 1

Getting Started with Your Research

What you will learn:

  • You will define a research question
  • You will identify an information need

Turning your topic into a Question

Now that you have a topic, the next step is creating a research question. The research question is what your paper will attempt to answer. Phrasing this as a question instead of just a topic helps give your paper focus.

For example, if your topic is performance-enhancing drugs in sports, your question could be: How have performance-enhancing drugs affected professional sports?

Choosing a Topic

Sometimes finding a topic can be one of the hardest parts of the research process. One important tip is to choose a topic you’re interested in. You’re going to spend a lot of time researching, reading and writing, and being interested in your topic will make the process more engaging and make your final product better.

Once you have a few potential topics in mind, getting background information is key. Using an encyclopedia can be a good way to learn more about your topic.

Try searching for your topic in the Gale Virtual Reference Library (link will open in new window).