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Formulation

During the formulation stage you decide on the focus for your topic based on the reading and research that you have done in the earlier stages of initiation, selection and exploration. This is a key stage of the information search process. During this stage question formulation is a tool that you can use. Once you have completed the question formulation stage you will have the three driving questions for your research. These questions then help you to carry out further research to answer your questions and complete your assessment task. 

During this stage you will feel more confident and optimistic about your knowledge, topic and ability to complete the task. If you don't feel like you are making any progress stop and reflect on what you have done in the initiation, selection and exploration stages, have you got any other lines of inquiry to follow? It is also important that if you are not feeling more positive to discuss your concerns with your teacher. They will be able to help guide you to see if you need to make any adjustments to your topic or to confirm that you are on the right track or offer suggestions. Remember that research is not a linear process, sometimes to move forward we need to go back a step or two to check and refocus our research, our thoughts, feelings and emotions. 

Once you are happy with your formulation it is time to move onto the next stage of Collection