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African American Studies Research Guide: Home

On these pages you'll find resources for African-American Studies at the Mansfield Library and the University of Montana.

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Welcome to the library guide for African American Studies!

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Developing a Research Question

1. Select a topic that interests you and do some pre-research. Look at course readings and class notes. Find information using Google, Wikipedia, CQ Researcher, or Credo Reference if you need ideas.  

2. Consider the scope of your topic. If it is too narrow, you might have trouble finding enough information. If it is too broad, you can be overwhelmed with information. 

3. Turn your focused topic into a research question. Know that your research question may change slightly depending on what sorts of resources you find. While you should have a topic or question in mind, allow the sources you find, along with your interests, to help shape and refine your topic further.    

Questions to guide the development of your research question: 

  • Is it focused enough to be covered in my paper or project? 

  • Is there enough literature available on this topic? 

  • What is the question that my research is answering? 

  • Am I genuinely interested in this topic? 

  • Is my topic going to be new and interesting to my audience?

  •  How do you determine if a resource has quality, useful information?

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