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Learn the Library Session D: Hunting for information - Search like a pro!

Sharpening your search skills by exploring your research needs. Searching as an iterative and nonlinear process.

What are my information needs?

What will be your project output?

  • Research essay? Lab report?  Blog? Opinion piece? Oral presentation?

Has your professor asked for scholarly sources? How many?

  • If they have, you need to look in the library, not necessarily on Google. 

Do you need to write or present from a certain position and need evidence to support your claims? Or do you need sources to inform your topic?

Are you completely new to your topic and don't know anything about it?

Topics, Questions and Thesis Statements

If you have a topic, try forming it into a question to better help articulate your thesis statement:

Topic Example: "emotions of theatre audiences"

Articulated Question: "What aspects of live performance art affect theatre goers the most and why?"

Thesis Statement: "This essay will explore how the live performance experience affects theatre goers more than other presentation mediums through the use of live music, costuming and storytelling techniques."

In other words...

WHAT is the research topic?

WHAT is your research question?

WHAT is your resulting thesis statement?

Flow charts

http://www.williamcronon.net/researching/questions.htm