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Librarian Contact Information

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Barbara Anderson, Ed.D.
Head of Instruction and Learning

Office: 1030 AUD
Phone: 312-341-3647

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Topic & Research Question

Broad Topic

Restricted Topic

Narrowed Topic


Commercial fishing

Fishing regulations in New England



Internet in China


Check to be sure that the research questions meet these criteria:

  • It is open-ended (cannot be answered with simple yes or no).
  • Should not be answered by definition or list
  • It addresses an issue or controversy and/or solves a problem.
  • It is something that you can take a stand on.
  • Does not lead you to research only one side of the topic (We don't want to know your point of view)


Research Question

Example 1: What impact do fishing regulations have on commercial fishing in New England?

Example 2: How will China’s effort to censor the Internet affect its citizens?

Developing Your Research

A. "Developing a Research or Guiding Question" (by Arizona State University): This video will help you understand the difference between a topic and a research question. It will also help you develop good research questions.

Check for Understanding

B. "Generating and Using Keywords" (by Arizona State University): This video explains how to determine keywords/concepts. It also explains the importance of finding synonyms or related concepts.

Using One Drive to Organize Research

1. Create folder (in One Drive, Google Drive, Dropbox...) and title the name of the class.

2. Create another folder inside the class folder. This is where you will:

a. Save your notes (and citations) for the assignment.

b. Save all scanned/electronic sources.

3. Open Word document

a. Give it title related to assignment (e.g. Notes for Climate Change paper)

b. Save in the assignment folder



What can RefWorks do for you?

  • Collect, manage, and organize your research papers and documents
  • Annotate, organize, and cite your research
  • Collaborate by sharing collections
  • Drag and drop (for saving) documents and bibliographic data
  • Create shortcut link on browser to capture research from websites
  • Format papers with in-text citations or footnotes.
  • Change existing in-text citations and reference list to a different style with one click
Information from this page was found on the ProQuest libguide for RefWorks: