By preparing yourself to answer the 5 Ws of your topic, you will be able to conduct a faster and more efficient search. Remember, you do not have to have all the answers to these questions before you research. Using this chart gives you a place to gather all of the information you find while researching.
When you search, you will be looking for answers to these specific questions. Take notes with this type of chart will allow you to organize the information that you gather for your paper or project.
(Image- Maxine Hong Kingston, 1989. Photographed by Anthony Barboza. From Digital Public Library of America.)