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Summer Session Hours for QVCC Library

  • Monday. 9am-4pm

  • Tuesday. 9am-4pm 

  • Wednesday. 9am-4pm

  • Thursday.  9am-4pm

  • Friday. 9am-2pm

Summer Holiday Closings for QVCC Library

  • May 29, 2023 - CLOSED 
  • June 19, 2023 - CLOSED
  • July 4, 2023 - CLOSED  

Narrowing your topic

If you are researching a topic that you are not familiar with, you can use our reference materials to learn more about your topic.  Simply search for your broad topic in one of these databases and then begin a more narrow search when you find the area of the topic that is most exciting to you.


The Sea of Content

There is so much content on the internet. Just typing APPLES into Google will result in 9 trillion results! It is impossible to look through all that content to find the right information. 

When researching, try to narrow your topic. The more detailed your topic, the more likely you'll find exact information. 

Ask Yourself Questions 

If you are doing a research project on apples, that is too broad of a search term. Start by asking a question: 


What do I want to know more with Apples I want to know more about how Apples Become Cider!

Apple Cider is more precise than Apples, but it is still a bit too broad. Instead, ask yourself another question


What do I want to know about Apple Cider? I want to know how Apple Cider is made!

The making of apple cider is now precise, but we can narrow the topic even more by asking another question: 


What do I want to know about Making Apple Cider? I want to know how Fermentation Makes Apple Cider

The Fermentation of Apple Cider is now a very precise topic! 

If you are having trouble coming up with questions for your specific topic you can try to use the 5Ws to narrow down your search.