Planning a research strategy will save you time and frustration. The following tips give you some ideas on how to begin your research. Visit our Research FAQ for more detailed information. And remember - librarians are here to help!
Develop your topic:
- Choose a topic that interests you and is appropriate for the assignment.
- Develop a focus to avoid topics that are too broad or too narrow.
- Create a list of key terms you will use when researching the topic. Include synonyms, broader terms and more specific terms.
Conduct a preliminary search:
Refine your search:
Evaluate your sources:
- Did you get too many results? In this case, you may want to refine the focus of your topic to something more specific.
- Did you get too few results? Perhaps your topic is a bit too specific. Or, perhaps you need to try different search terms.
- For more tips on narrowing or broadening your topic, click here.
- Continually evaluate the information you find and decide if it is relevant, scholarly, and appropriate for your assignment.
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