When librarians teach students how to conduct research, we need to use language which reflects how faculty conducts research. Faculty do not research topics, instead they are researching problems and questions. Students are often confused about how to apply the research skills they already have to academic research. Generally, they are unsure about how to get started when faced with a large topic. Instead of focusing on a topic, they should be focusing on a particular problem. Using problem-based learning as a teaching method allows librarians to model and instruct students on how research is done.
Dibble, Mark, "Shifting the Language of Research Using Problem-based Learning" (2011). LOEX Conference Proceedings 2009. Paper 18.