Notre Dame Libraries Information Literacy Pot of Gold

Hesburgh Libraries

University of Notre Dame

  1. Home
  2. Introduction
  3. Information Cycle
  4. Investigating
  5. Searching
  6. Locating
  7. Evaluating
  8. Utilizing
  9. Ask a Librarian
  10. Acknowledgements


Investigating Step 2:
Identifying a topic

Deciding on a topic to research can be frustrating.

What SHOULD you choose for a topic? Your answer may be "I have no idea what I want." But don't let this bog you down. Topics are all around you every day.

collage of subway tunnel, afghan boy, somali herders, unemployed americans, teacher and pupils, great lake

Photos source: Flickr - Clockwise from top left: ardiansyah michwan; Tom Gill (lapstrake); Argonne National Laboratory; Bob Jagendorf; wisaflcio; UN Photo/Luke Powell.

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