When conducting information research you must first clearly understand what the research is about i.e. your big idea, topic or main question.

You then need to brainstorm sub questions related to this topic/interest/research question. This will help you break the research down into smaller manageable chunks of information.

To help you brainstorm your ideas there are a number of useful tools available to you. See below for some useful mind tools. Choose the one your teacher suggested or you prefer.

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You should by now have several broad research questions based upon your your main question, big idea or topic of interest. Next step is to allocate a research question to each group member (if working in a group) or choose an area you wish to research (if conducting individual research). You may need to re-word research questions so that each member has a relevant question that when put together will help you answer your main question, big idea or topic of interest.
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