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Library Research 101: Turn Your Topic into a Question

Turn Your Topic into a Question

When you've chosen a topic, it’s time to ask some questions. Using “environmental issues” as our general research interest, let’s ask some questions about environmental issues and agriculture.

Consumers, farmers, farm workers
Food safety, pesticides, food prices, genetically modified food, organic farming
United States, developing nations, European Union
Why does the European Union ban the sale of genetically modified food?
How does the use of pesticides affect food safety?


Let’s say that the most interesting question that emerged for you is: “How does the use of pesticides in agriculture affect food safety?” Now our next step is to develop keywords.