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Research Process: Refine

What is Your Question?

Now that you have a general understanding of your topic, how will you focus your research for your assignment?  Since the purpose of research is to create new information, we generally begin with a question.  What question would you like to have answered?

Sample Research Questions

Is global warming a natural phenomenon, or is it manmade?

How are gender roles portrayed in classic Disney movies?

Why are cultural stereotypes so prevalent in popular video games?

How does obesity negatively impact a person's health?

How do voting habits vary between different income levels?

Generating Search Terms

To search the Library's resources effectively, you will need to have some keywords in mind. Look at your research question. What are the big ideas? What words would you need to type into a search box to find the information you need to answer your question?

Here's a quick demo of what you should be looking for:

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