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READ 105 - Analytical Reading Library Research Project

A step-by-step guide to completing your Library Research Project for Analytical Reading.

Find the big ideas in the research question first.

Sample research question: Should community college be free to all students in New York State?
Keywords: community college, college, students, college students, New York, New York State.

More keywords: tuition, financial aid, loans, debt, debt free, costs.

Notice how the big ideas are separate ideas. They “intersect” in the research question.

a Venn diagram showing 4 separate big ideas and a sample search in Academic Search Complete

Searching tips:

  • In the search box, enter one big idea on each row of the Advanced Search box.
  • Avoid typing in sentences or questions.
  • Spelling counts.
  • Try different combinations of search terms.
  • For phrases, try using quotation marks to be sure the program understands the words form one idea.


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