Mr. Howard's RS Lit Class - Research Guide

posted Oct 12, 2016, 1:08 PM by Emily Benvenga   [ updated Oct 13, 2016, 1:54 PM ]
Define the problem or purpose.
Identify the information needed.
First: Identify a topic.
    To clarify your thoughts and focus your topic, try stating your topic as various questions.
    For example, if your topic is drinking and driving, you could ask questions like: How does drinking affect driving? What are the laws on drinking and driving? What are the current statistics on drinking and driving?
Second: Identify the main concepts/keywords in the question/topic.
    Think of it as pulling out 'key' words or phrases that you will continually look for in your sources.  So for the topic of drinking and driving you might look for keywords such as causes, effects, laws, statistics, processes, etc.
Third: Test your topic.
    Test the main concepts or keywords by using them as search terms in our catalog (Destiny) or in one of the SD State Library databases.