This worksheet will walk you through the process of refining your research question through background research. Please complete the worksheet before completing the ENGL 1010/1011 Online Library Instruction module.
EXAMPLE TOPIC: How technology impacts college students' lives
Likely, you will only be able to cover one or two perspectives in your assignment (check your professor's requirements.) Once you pick your angle, generate a list of keywords and phrases about your topic that you can use in the library's databases to find high quality sources for your paper.
Here's a short video explaining the process:
Try different keywords.
-Identify the most important 2-4 words from your research question. These are your key concepts.
-For each key concept, make a list of other words/phrases with the same or related meanings. These will be your keywords!
- Use a thesaurus to find synonyms or similar phrases.
- If you don't know enough about your topic, Google your topic to gather more keywords.
Remember: Your search results will directly reflect the language you use.
Academic language = academic results.