Begin by defining your Research Framework:
1. Topic/Question(s): What do you already know? What do you need to find out to contextualize your topic to make an informed proposal for social change?
2. Sources: Which types of sources you would like to identify (or are you required to use) and read:
|Types of Sources:||Research Tool:|
|Journal, Magazine, Newspaper Articles||Subscription Database(s)|
|Websites (e.g. organizations, NGOs, government reports)||Commercial Search Engine(s)|
3. Credibility: Not all sources are created equal. Do your sources strengthen your proposal? Keep these criteria in mind:
- Author: Who produced the information? What can you find about the author’s credentials?
- Publication Type: Where was the item published? Essays in scholarly books and articles in peer-reviewed journals are written by experts and have undergone rigorous scrutiny and editing prior to publication.
- Accuracy: Does the author cite references to support his/her thesis? Are the references also from scholarly and credible sources?
- Timeframe: When was the source published? Is the information still relevant?
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