Define your search question
Choosing a topic for a research project is a crucial first step. A good topic will develop from the following activities. This process is known as defining your search question, or framing an answerable question. This step reduces the amount of time spent sifting through irrelevant results and papers.
Define your search question and the context of your work. This step reduces the amount of time spent through irrelevant results and papers. Define how many time you have and get to know what kind of work you should provide. Do you work alone or in groups? Who will do what? Where is the information you need?
What is the topic of your research?
- Example: Moon sample and data return
- Example: protection
- Example: Methods to avoid biological contamination of Moon samples?
Also think about the parameters or boundaries of your project.
What are you not going to consider or include? Think about them before you start your search and be transparent about any information you decide to exclude.
Think about how you will document your search and record what you do as you go along.