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Is your research question too big or too little? Need some quick tips? Here's the place to look.

Is your research question too big or too little? Need some quick tips? Here's the place to look.

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    • Creating a Research Question & Basic Search Strategies March 26, 2007 Ms. Gardner
    • How to choose a good research question
      • 1. Choose a question that interests you!
    • How to choose a good research question
      • 2. Choose a question that matters.
      • This means other people are writing about it and you will be able to find sources to write your paper.
    • How to choose a good research question
      • 3. Choose a question that is not too BIG or too little.
    • Which is little , which is BIG and which is “just right”?
      • 1. What did Martin Luther King accomplish in his life?
      • 2. What was Martin Luther King’s impact on future ministers in Georgia?
      • 3. How did King’s faith impact his message?
    • Basic Search Strategies
      • Try MAGNOLIA first
      • Don’t forget to check the FULL TEXT box
      • http://library.msstate.edu/magnolia
      • Password from home: magn0897
      • If you SKIM an article and it looks good, email or “Save to my EBSCO folder”
    • If using a website, read this first…
      • You may only use 3 websites TOTAL
      • Wikipedia may be one of your websites
      • Your other websites must be RELIABLE
      • They should have an author and should be from an EXPERT (someone we can trust)
    • Q: I’m getting too many results, what do I do?
      • A: Try using more KEYWORDS or try putting “ “ marks around a person’s name or a phrase.
      • Ex: “Martin Luther King” AND impact AND civil rights AND faith
    • Q: I’m getting too few results, what do I do?
      • A: Try using less KEYWORDS
      • Try using SYNONYMS
      • Ex: try “legacy” instead of impact
      • Try using truncation: use a * to search for a root word with multiple endings
      • Ex: teach* searches for teach, teacher, teaches, teaching, etc.