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Library Research Strategies and More: Define topic

A guide for conducting library research.

Getting started - Defining your Topic

What is your topic? 

  • Brainstorm the different aspects of it by using a concept map. 
  • Conduct preliminary library research to learn about it, including general information, issues related to it, terminology and more. 
    • Search tip:  Unfamiliar with the topic?  Find a related library guide to see recommended sources and strategies.
  • Write a thesis statement or research question.   Sample:  How do school gardens benefit students?


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