Write Up Your Question Before You Ask It

A colleague told me that if I needed some quick research pointers on a certain geographic area that I should feel free to ask him.  I thought I had a question for him. When typing it in a message, I realized there were two approaches I had not yet tried and that I should do that before asking for his input.

Putting your research question together so that someone can make sense of it may make you realize that you know what to do next. And, even if it doesn’t, organizing your thoughts before asking will make it easier for someone to help you.