The first step in research is to define, or clarify, and describe the information needed. Val has already chosen a topic for her paper - tattoos. She has some personal knowledge about this topic, but she will soon realize that there is a lot she does not know.
The information Val does not yet know, and needs to find out, about tattoos is called her information need.
This module explains the steps Val took to clarify and describe her information need. Be sure to complete all the activities so that you can practice these steps, too.
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