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Research Framework

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. ContextIn 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:
Books Harvest Catalog
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
  • Geography
  • Population
  • Aspect

Browse for Topics

Consult these sources to browse for topics:

  • The California Aggie
    The UC Davis student newspaper.
  • Egghead: About Research at UC Davis
    Search this blog for references to research conducted by UC Davis faculty.
  • The Davis Enterprise
    The local newspaper for Davis.
  • New York Times Topics
    Browse stories in Business, Science, Health and more.
  • MedlinePlus
    Health information for consumers, compiled by the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health. See 'Health News' for topic ideas.
  • ScienceBlogs
    Portal for blogs covering a wide range of topics in the life, physical and environmental sciences, as well as education, politics, and technology.

  • NOTE: If you are off campus, make sure you log into the VPN
  • CQ Researcher  Icon
    High quality reports on issues in the news.
  • MasterFILE Premier  Icon
    Search over 2,600 popular magazines covering topics in the general sciences, technology and health, consumer interests, cultural diversity and education.
  • Access World News [via NewsBank]  Icon
    Search for articles published in U.S. and international newspapers on topics that interest you.
  • Ethnic Newswatch [via ProQuest]  Icon
    A full-text collection of the newspapers, magazines and journals from ethnic, minority and native presses in the United States.
  • LexisNexis Academic  Icon
    A large collection of full text news and articles from the U.S. and and global sources. Transcripts from major news media shows are also included.

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