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Class 2: Getting to A Research Question by Mind Map: Class 2: Getting to A Research Question
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Class 2: Getting to A Research Question

Today's Class Objectives

Group Selection

Getting to a Research Question

Broad Topic Selection

Group Exercise (intro to Google Docs)

Review Assignment 1

Steps in the Research Process

What's the assignment?


Is it an opinion piece? A research paper? A creative writing assignment?

What resources do you need?

What resources are available to you?

When's it due?

Where can you find topic ideas?

Personal interests

Current events, Television, Radio, Newspapers, Web: News sites, Blogs, etc.

Course syllabus

Your professor

Class discussions

Library and Online Resources, CQ Researcher, Hot Paper Topics, Examples for other classes, CLIO Notes, America: History & Life, Historical Abstracts, Debatabase

Focus Your Topic

Use background information, General Encyclopedias, Britannica Online, Wikipedia, Subject-Related Encyclopedias, Encyclopedia of International Media and Communications

Narrow/Broaden by, Time, Years, months, weeks,days, Place, Continent, country, state, county, city, Events/Aspects, People, College students, age ranges, gender, ethnicity, etc., Example, Virtual Learning, Virtual Learning in Higher Education, Impact of it on "college experience"

Frame a Research Question

Example: How Can virtual learning impact the quality of the college educational experience?

Avoid those questions with a "Yes" or "No" answer

Determine Possible Sources

Use Sources to Find Information

Evaluate Information

Organize Extracted Information from Multiple Sources

Create a Product (Present Findings)

Cite Sources

Assignment 1

Narrowed Topic and Research Question

Class Exercise: Creating a Research Question