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First-Year Research Guide
This guide provides resources on developing an inquiry question, finding background information, using the library catalog and databases, and developing a list of keyword terms
An inquiry question is the central idea of your paper. The question seeks to investigate a specific angle or aspect of your topic of interest (e.g., sustainability). For example: What types of sustainability programs are currently being introduced on college campuses?
Some of the qualities of a good inquiry question:
It's asked without bias.
It does not have a simple answer, and often has multiple answers.
It has a clear focus.
The question is researchable.
It's a topic that is interesting to you.
Use the worksheet below to guide you as you search for articles and books that relate to your inquiry question.