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Astronomy

Learn how to find books, articles, and other sources related to astronomy.

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Getting Started with Research

  1. Read your assignment
  2. Choose a topic
  3. Develop a research question
    • Once you have a topic that interests you, develop some potential research questions on your topic. A good research question does not have a simple yes or no answer, and will generally start with a word like why, how, or what. 
      • Example topic: Endangered species.
      • Example research question on this topic: What is required for an animal to be added to the endangered species list?
  4. Turn your research question into keywords  
  5. Search for sources
    • Search using your keywords in One Search, or another library resource, and examine your results. You may find no relevant results, way too many results, results that are not interesting, or results that are just different from what you expected. These are signs that you may want to tweak your research question to find better results. This is normal as few of us rarely start with a topic that works perfectly.
  6. Continue searching for relevant books/ebooks, articles, and other sources using the resources included in this guide. If you have questions, or get stuck, click on the "Need Help?" tab for assistance.

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