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It helps to think like a journalist to seek to answer the who, what, when, where, and why of your research question. By selecting your research topic, you've identified your what. Below are some tips to help you more clearly define your research question:
Who - Is there a person, group, culture, or demographic that would help you narrow your research?
Person, culture, species, demographic, etc.
When - Is there a time period that you plan to focus your research?
All time, a specific time period, or comparing two time periods, etc.
Where - Is location or geographic important to your research topic?
country, state, geographic region, etc.
Why - What event or aspect are you focusing your research?
events, impact, feelings, relationships, etc.
Credo Reference can be a great starting point for your research. It is a collection of reference books and encyclopedias that can give you an overview of your topic and suggest ideas for keywords and perimeters to help you more clearly define your research topic.
Credo ReferenceThis link opens in a new windowOnline reference library providing access to a large number of encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri and other reference books, including Who's Who, and Who Was Who.