Chapter 1: Getting started with research

Learning objectives

After completing this chapter, you should be able to…

  • assess your research needs and use them to determine the scope of your research,
  • recognize the purposes of different types of information sources,
  • differentiate between a clear, focused research question and one that needs more work, and
  • refine your research question into key concepts and use them to develop effective search terms.

 

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