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* Toolbox Information literacy skills: Search, Find and Evaluate Sources: Asking questions

Searching,finding, evaluating and managing sources made easy

Kick off: Asking and formulating questions

Formulating the right questions can be tricky and it can be quite a challenging process. First of all, there are questions that you need to help you to better understand the problem you need to solve and there are questions you need to give you a better idea and understanding of the context or situation you are dealing with.

Once you have an idea of which questions you need to be asking, you are on your way to finding search terms/keywords to find the information you need to answer your questions. 

On this page, you will find several videos and practical tools to help you on your way.

 

 

Let's go and ask some questions, here are some knowledge clips to check out!

Practical tools for helping you formulating questions regarding context, problems or research.

This chart can help you formulate meaningful questions for projects and will help you distinguish between the levels of questions. You can download the chart below.

These 4 basic steps will help you on your way to formulating questions regarding a problem and/or context.

Step 1

Start with a mindmap about a topic or problem you want to explore, you can do this alone or in a small group. Don't limit yourself to exploring or associating. The way in which you explore your list of topics determines the way you go about searching for information.

 

Step 2

Read about the topics/problems that you have put into your mindmap. What are the definitions, why are they interesting, and what do you want to know? Perhaps you can add more ideas/problems to your mindmap? Keep in mind that the mindmap does not have to be finished in one session. After reading up on some of the topics listed in the mindmap, go back and generate more concepts or ways to explore or research a topic.

Step 3

Evaluate your topics which ones are relevant and can be researched? Which of the topics can be researched within the timeframe of your assignment?

Step 4

Formulate your questions linked to the most relevant and most feasible concepts. Underline the key concepts (topics) in your questions.

Finally in case you are not happy with your initial questions, do not hesitate to rephrase your questions.