Begin by defining your Research Framework:
1. Topic/Question(s): What do you already know about your topic? What do you want to find out?
Topic ideas can come from anywhere - here are a few suggestions:
- Course Readings - What questions did these raise? Are there issues or author(s) that jumped out?
- Other People - Talk to your classmates, TAs and professors
- Search Tools - Browse blogs, newspapers, magazines, and other online sources.
2. Context: In most cases, you'll want to situate your research question within the context of specific subject disciplines. Which scholarly communities, e.g. scientists, historians, engineers, sociologists, might be studying your topic?
3. Sources: Which types of evidence/sources you would like to identify (or are you required to use) and read:
|Types of Sources:||Research Tool:|
|Journal, Magazine, Newspaper Articles & Book Chapters||Subscription Database(s)|
|Websites (e.g. government reports, statistics)||Commercial Search Engine(s)|
4. Search: What has been published in credible sources?
5. Refine: Narrow your focus if needed - it is typical to revise your question as you learn more about the issue.
- Date range