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from Assignment to Research Question

I. Understand the Assignment; II. Choose a topic; III. Gather Background Info; IV. Develop a research question
by Nancy Bellafante on 5 February 2014

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Transcript of from Assignment to Research Question

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Understand
the assignment
sounds like a no-brainer, but many students receive poor grades on papers because they fail to follow instructions and do not meet the assignment requirements.
Questions to ask:
page length
purpose
source requirements
themes/topics
I read it, but I don't understand the assignment!
information
hey, down here!...
if you have questions,
ask your instructor to clarify.
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background
lists
free write
mind map
news
subject encyclopedias
books
course readings
Can I just search Wikipedia?
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Techniques
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Start with Web sources, but then take it to the next level, and use the Library's catalog to find more in-depth overviews on your topic.
You're stepping on my hand.
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Research Log
From Day 1 - Keep a running diary of your ideas for your research paper along with your research activities - search techniques, tools, & sources.
F--
STORM
BRAIN
Read
Assignment
Research-able
Appropriate in scope
Complex
Ask
questions
About your topic
Identify its parts
Describe its characteristics
method
one
In The Craft of Research, (Booth, Wayne, Colomb, Gregory and Joseph Williams. University of Chicago Press, 1995, p.39-41
for thinking up research questions
Examine its value
Trace its history & changes
Can you answer the question with evidence?
Can you access the sources you need to answer the question?
Is the question difficult to answer?
Why?
and
How?
questions work well.
Is the answer to the question debatable?
Good papers develop an argument (Thesis).
Can you research the topic within the assignment's time frame?
Can you adequately explore the question within the assignment's page limit?
It will save you time and frustration...trust me!
keep a
AccessScience
CREDO Reference
List of e-reference materials
Oxford Reference Online
http://www.library.drexel.edu/resources/allereference
http://www.accessscience.com/index.aspx
http://www.credoreference.com/home.do
http://www.oxfordreference.com/views/GLOBAL.html?authstatuscode=200
Now Watch This...
hot stuff
CSUSonomaLibrary. "Deciphering Your Research Assignment." YouTube. Web. 3 Aug. 2011.
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Research Question
by population group
by methodology or discipline
by time frame
by geographic location
Topic too broad?
by aspect
or subarea
Limit your scope
[Government censorship of blogs
in China]
[romantic couples text messaging behavior &
conflict management]
[Breakfast eating habits of
male college freshmen]
[psychological factors
of procrastination]
[Fear appeal and US magazine advertising
in the 1950s]
CSUSonomaLibrary. "Brainstorm." YouTube. Web. 9 Aug. 2011.
Drexel Libraries. "Library Catalog Searching" YouTube. Web. 7 Sept. 2011.
Drexel Libraries. "CREDO Reference" YouTube. Web. 7 Sept. 2011.
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