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IGED 210: Professor Islam's Discovery Writing: Finding Sources


To help develop a focused research question from a broad topic, students are asked to consider the questions in the quadrant below. 


  • What is your topic? What other issues/events are similar or related to your topic? 


  • Who is affected by your topic? Who is involved?


  • How does your topic impact society, culture, politics, economics? 


  • Why does this topic matter to you? Why should it matter to others? 

For a PDF of the question quadrant, click here.

Keyword Searching

Searching the databases is different from searching Google. To search the databases, we have to use keywords about our topic. If there are multiple ways to refer to an idea or a topic, sometimes we have to try these different words as keywords as well.

Keyword Searching Worksheet

This worksheet can be used to help you brainstorm keywords, as well as synonyms and related terms to help you search the databases.


Evaluating Sources

Evaluating your sources is an important step in the research process.

The CRAAP test can be a useful for evaluating sources. It asks you to consider a source's Currency, Relevancy, Authority, Accuracy, and Purpose.

CRAAP Test Worksheet and Rubric

Subject Guide

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