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Researchers ask questions and seek out evidence, identify previous experiences or relevant information to get context, look at all sides of an argument, and distinguish between opinion and fact.
To think like a researcher you need to develop a strong research question, find reliable evidence and let that evidence guide you, consider your audience and context to determine the scope of your research, and be open to revising your original question.
Strong research questions are open-ended, have a larger social significance, aim for neutrality, are answerable with reliable evidence, and have an appropriate scope.
Consider who, what, when, where, why when developing your research question to ensure that it is not too broad.
Adapting your Search Strategy
From your research question, you can develop a search strategy that maps out potential search terms to use in information resources.
Identify keywords, the most important words in your topic
Create a list of similar words (synonyms), including words or terms that are more specific
You may need to search for broader terms for a narrow local topic