Create My Questions
- Know your purpose. What do you want or need to know? Ask good questions about your topic.
- Form essential or guiding questions about your topic to guide your research.
- Brainstorm subtopics you could investigate to help answer your essential questions.
Here are some examples of essential or guiding questions:
- What makes a community?
- How are animals important for human existence?
- Why is water important?
- What is sound?
As you find information, look back at the essential or guiding questions to keep you on the right track.
- Does the information answer or relate to your questions?
- Revise or redefine your questions, if necessary.
How to Choose Keywords
Keywords are your "key" to successful searching. Choose keywords carefully. Keywords (or search terms) determine what you will find.
- Write your topic as a phrase, sentence, or question to be answered.
- Circle or list the important words.
- Look at each word and think of possible synonyms (words that have similar meanings) or related words.
- Be sure to