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Reference Librarian & Liaison to the School of Education

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Dana Hettich
917 13th St. South
B'ham, AL 35205
205 934 6364

Getting Started

Hypotheses/Research Questions/Topics

Start where you are. Have you written your idea down yet?  Is it a complete sentence with everything spelled correctly? Excellent.  Now, let's tear it apart.   

Highlight the Key Pieces

Not everything you've written down is important to the investigation.  Focus in on the most important...well, keywords. 

The Sorting (hat optional)

Sometimes you may not need a word at all because it is implied in the effort itself.  Some words need to be given more thought to see if they matter.  

Each word is a world of ideas

Every word you use can contain numerous other ideas. Maybe those ideas are more specific.  Maybe those ideas are just ways to convey the same idea more precisely.  

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