1) Identify your Topic and your Thesis Question.
a) Broad Idea
b) Narrowed Question
c) Focused Research Question.
2) What I Already Know
Tell me everything that you already know about this subject; facts, theories, assumptions, rumors, etc.
3) What I Want to Know
Tell me everything that you want to know about this subject. List as many legitimate questions as possible.
4)Why it Matters to Me
Tell me why this topic and this question matters to you. Why do you want to know about this? How does this subject relate to your personal life and/or to you as an individual.
Ask the Librarian! As is the case in college, the Librarian can provide resources, feedback and an extra pair of eyes to evaluate materials.