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Building a Library Research Strategy: Search from a Research Question

This guide will help students develop a research strategy for finding information for papers or projects.

Research Questions

Help with starting a search from a research question or thesis statement

Tutorial: Developing a Research Question

This video is part of a series created for students enrolled in a ENG 102 course at NKU. This video is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License 

Search using a Research Question


If you are working with developing a research question, you can use your question to establish your search terms by pulling out the important concepts.

Some reminders:
*Look at the boxes on this page for "search t
ips" on using truncation, quotation marks, etc.
ost databases allow you to filter by dates so they might not be needed in your initial search. 

The following are some examples:

1. QUESTION: What was the impact of The Great Depression on government policies in the 1930's and 1940's?
Your search might look like this: Great Depression AND "government policies" AND 1930-1940

2. QUESTION: In what ways can cyberbullies be effectively prosecuted?

Your search might look like this: Cyberbull* AND prosecut* OR law*

3. QUESTION: What are the current advantages and disadvantages of religious influence on education in the United States?

> Your search might look like this: Relig* AND education AND United States AND impact OR influenc*

4. QUESTION: What are the impacts of student debt on young adults in the United States

> Your search might look like this: Student debt OR College debt AND "young adults" AND United States OR USA

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