It bears repeating, you're not alone; transfer difficult research questions to the librarians. You can email us directly or show students how to message us using “Ask A Librarian.” Also, remember we created the InfoGuides in “Research Help for Your Classes” which recommended databases and link to eBooks. We don’t expect you to answer ALL the questions.
Choose A Question Exploring Topic X
Identifying hidden research question:
You can ask follow-up/clarifying questions.
Is this for a class assignment? Or What is your assignment?
Thesis= is the question and how you will answer it.
Once you have an idea of the thesis build the search:
How to Build a Search:
Pick one these question to answer:
What was the relationship between Christianity and slavery in post-Revolution, pre-Civil War America?
Open-ended questions for scenario A:
Research Plan (where to look): textbook, class lectures, InfoGuides, eBooks, databases.
If I search Jefferson I’ll get too much-unrelated information Jefferson AND religion or to further narrow/specify results try Jefferson AND (religion OR Bible OR Christianity). If he’s not a Christian what would he be? Try refining the search this way Islam AND Jefferson Views or Jefferson AND not Christian.
The student’s specific question:
I am interested in examining how birth order or sibling relationships impact the identity in emerging adulthood.
Open-ended questions for scenario B:
Make sure you understand their thesis it will help you know where to look
The student’s specific question: Can be anything….
Helpful Open-ended question: