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Introduction to library research in the arts: Developing Your Topic

An introduction to research concepts and techniques for University of Redlands students in fine, literary and performing arts, developed as an Open Educational Resource (OER)


Developing your topic is the most important part of the research process. Without a clear grasp of what you are trying to learn and why you are asking your research question, you will struggle to find meaningful sources. This section walks you through the steps of transforming a topic of interest into an intriguing research question and productive search terms.