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The Americas: Formulating a Research Question

Formulating a Research Question

Taking on a huge research project can be overwhelming, especially when there's not enough resources available to inform your inquiry. Narrowing down your topic before you dive into research is a good way to ensure you have a manageable research project.


Before starting your research, you might want to do some pre-research, browsing the "information universe" (the resources available to you online and through the UTEP Library) to see if there is enough material to support your research.


Next, narrow down your topic and formulate a research question. How? This chart might help:




Joanna M Burkhardt; Mary C MacDonald; AndreĢe J Rathemacher. (2010). Teaching information literacy: 50 standards-based exercises for college students. Chicago : American Library Association.p. 31


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