An Online Tutorial Taking You Through the Steps of the Library Research Process Generating Research Questions

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Tutorial Contents:
  1. Library Map & Virtual Tour
  2. Avoiding Impulse Buys
  3. Size & Shape of Information
  4. Most Bang for Your Buck
  5. Trying it on for Size
  6. Don't Shoplift!

Once you have developed a focus for your topic, you will want to rephrase it as a question.  Ask yourself, what do I want to prove in my paper?  What question(s) do I want my paper to answer?  This will help you to articulate what information you need to look for and later can become the basis for your thesis statement.  For example, a topic on using animals to test cosmetics might be rephrased into the following question:


Is it ethical to use animals to test cosmetic products?

Next, brainstorm other possible questions that may be derived from your initial question.

For example: 


What type of animals are typically used to test cosmetics?


How many animals a year are used?


What are alternatives to animal testing?


What are some arguments for and against using animals to test cosmetics?

Now when you go to the library to start your research, you have some specific questions in mind you want to find the answers to.



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