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Identifying a Research Topic/Question by Mind Map: Identifying a Research
Topic/Question
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Identifying a Research Topic/Question

Identify Research Interest

Search for topics of interest in general resources that then send students to more specific resources.

Encyclopedias

Include Wikipedia, have that discussion now

CQ Researcher

Discipline Specific

Search Engines

Bibliographies

Journals

Databases

Narrow Research Topic/Question

Determine the extent of information needed. (ACRL Standard 1)

Free Writing and Looping

Ask Journalist Questions

Cluster/Mind-Mapping

MS Word Smart Art

MindMeister

Gliffy

Add adjectival qualifiers to the topic/question (replacing vague terms)

Term Bank

Analyze Researcher's/ Writer's Assets

Determine the extent of information needed. (ACRL Standard 1)

Knowledge Inventory

Self-assess what student already believes about the topic and why s/he believes it.

Outline argument of different/opposing beliefs/perspectives.

Self-assess what student already knows about the topic and how s/he knows it.

Make a Research Plan

Determine the extent of information needed. (ACRL Standard 1)

Research Proposal

Research Plan

Research Timeline

Research Journal