Q. Can the Library assist me with my problem statement?


The Library cannot assist you with writing your problem statement. However, we recommend that you view the recorded workshop How to Write a Good Problem Statement presented by the NCU Academic Success Center.

We also recommend contacting Academic Success Center Coordinator for questions related to writing your problem statement. You may contact the NCU Academic Success Center by email at asc@ncu.edu or chat live daily via the Commons: https://vac.ncu.edu/writing-center-commons/. On the right-hand side of the screen, click the link for ASC Live Chat.

If you need help conducting research for your problem statement, we suggest first viewing our Searching 101 and Searching 102 Workshops to gain a better understanding of how to effectively conduct searches using the Library's databases. You may access the live workshop schedule here or view the recorded workshops here.

When you begin to notice research articles in your topic area, skim through the full-text of the articles for their Discussion, Conclusion or Future Research sections. Many scholarly articles will include a section near the end where the authors discuss avenues for future research. This can help to justify the need for your particular dissertation project.

You may try limiting your search to articles with future research sections by adding the phrase as a search term, as shown below in the Advanced Roadrunner Search.


Resulting articles are likely to include a future research section, as shown below.


  • Last Updated May 10, 2018
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