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Looking at the Question - finding the clues

 Step 1 - Question

Understand the research topic set by your teacher.

What am I asked to do?   

What am I asked to find out?   

What do I need clarified?

Group together the questions, facts and ideas that belong together.

What are the keywords in the question?

Highlight the words that describe the information you need.

What are the instruction words?

Underline the words indicating what you have to do.

Are there any words which you need to explain the meaning of?

At this stage you should

a.    Recognise the need for information

b.    Recognise that information is the basis for intelligent decision making

c.    Select a topic if needed

d.    Be able to explain what information is needed

e.    Analyse the assignment and understand all language in it

f.     Be able to restate the question to show understanding

g.    Be able to formulate questions based on information needs

h.    Be able to select an appropriate presentation mode – set up online files etc.

i.      Begin to judge the quantity of information needed


Where to begin

STEP 1:   Question    

What am I being asked to do?

What are the keywords of the task? (Highlight)

What information do I need?

Do I need new IT skills to fulfill the task? (ask now)

What learning is being tested? - for example - what have I already learned about these questions in maths

Research Skills from the State Library of Victoria


Why ask Questions

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