Use The Craft of Research to help conceptualize and develop your research project.
Chapter 3: From Topics to Questions guides you through the process of asking questions to help refine your topic.
Chapter 4: From Questions to a Problem helps you shape your questions into a focused hypothesis.
Chapter 5: From Problems to Sources helps you find relevant and authoritative information.
...And don't forget to ask a librarian for help! Check out Print-book or Check out E-book.
KU Libraries tutorials will help you develop Internet research skills for your university and college work. The tutorials offer practical guidance when using the Internet for research and when evaluating the quality of websites.
The Research Process
Tools to help you through the process of researching a topic.
Identify Keywords: Before searching the Library Catalog or other databases, choosing the right keywords is essential. Take a few minutes to write down all the words that describe your topic. Use these words in keyword searches. For more help with search strategies, follow the links below.
Follow the Bibliographic Trail: One proven method for gathering reliable information efficiently is to follow the citations or references from one source to another. Just as Internet links take you to other pages or sources recommended by a site's webmaster, the author of a book or article provides a series of notes and/or references in a bibliography designed to lead you to other sources on the topic.
Can't Find Books on Your Topic? Some content on a topic can be hidden in small chunks within general works. For example, there may be a few pages or paragraphs on the rusalki in W. F. Ryan's book Bathhouse At Midnight: An Historical Survey of Magic and Divination in Russia.
Still Can't Find Books on Your Topic? Use WorldCat to search the library catalogs of other universities, then request to borrow the books through our Interlibrary Loan service.