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Getting Started

Good luck on your papers for this class and be sure to contact me if you have questions or would like more help! Email me, stop by my office, or click the green "Schedule Appointment" button below to set up a meeting with me (look below for my contact info). 

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Paper Topics

Deciding on a topic for your paper can be hard. These databases will help you come up with ideas.

Narrowing a Broad Topic

Use these prompts to narrow BIG topics you are researching. This will help you focus your thoughts and give you good terms to use as you search for information.

What is the population?

This can be gender, age, sexual orientation, social, or other groupings.

What is the context?

Think of specifics of place (urban, rural, suburban, inner city), geographic areas (countries, regions), institutions (prison, school), etc

What are the interventions or solutions or outcomes?

How is the problem being addressed (government regulations or treaties)? How is it measured (carbon output, income inequality)?

What time period are you researching?


Develop Your Research Question

Your topics are broad. It may be helpful to come up with specific research questions that address some, but not all, aspects of your overall topic.

Helpful structures for Research Questions:

  •       What is the nature of…?
  •       How do…differ…?
  •       What are the functions of…?
  •       How do … perceive…?
  •       What factors affect …?
  •       What strategies are used …?
  •       How do … respond …?
  •       How do … affect …?
  •       What are the effects of …?
  •       How are … defined?
  •       Under what conditions do …?
  •       What is the relationship between …?
  •       What are the mechanisms by which …? 



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