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Steps of Research

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AND
television
children
AND
violence
OR
aggression
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Plan your search
Evaluate
Cite
Research!
Write
The Writing Center holds workshops, provides resources, and offers coaching sessions to help you become a more skillful writer.
How do I make citations?
First, ask your professor which STYLE you should use.
Steps
of
Refine your topic
Research
A good topic is a balancing act...
If the topic is too specific,
it is hard to find anything to support your thesis.
But if the topic is too general,
you can easily get overwhelmed by everything you find.
Ways to narrow a topic:
populations
environments
ethnic groups
theories
methodologies
Infants, teenagers, college students, adults, etc.
Schools, rural communities, polling areas, etc.
Asian Americans, Blacks, Hispanics, etc.
In education or psychology,
you might limit to behaviorism
Field experiments, clinical research, naturalistic observations, etc.
Is your topic ready?
Phrase it as...
A question:
"Does watching violent television impact children negatively?"
Or a thesis:
"Watching television with too much violence can have a negative impact on children."
Topic:
Watching Power Rangers as children leads to increased levels of violent behavior in adults.
Topic:
Media violence leads to violent behavior.
children
Topic:
Does watching violent television impact children negatively?
brainstorm
television
children
violence
aggression
behavior
kids
preadolecents
shows
cartoons
from our topic sentence
synonyms
search terms
Mix & Match
your terms
How?
Where
Combine your search terms with AND and OR
television
children
AND
aggression
violence
OR
aggression
AND
Search variations with an asterisk
child
children
children's
child*
AND
television
child*
this
AND
that
Both must be present in result
this
OR
that
At least one must be present
Examples
1.
2.
child
children
children's
narrows
broadens
to search?
Common Sources of Information:
Encyclopedias
& Dictionaries
the Catalog
Databases
the Internet
useful for:
overviews
brief biographies
key terms
list of sources
useful for:
finding
•books
•e-books
•videos
useful for:
articles
•scholarly journals
•magazines
•newspapers
dissertations & theses
useful for:
government publications
associations
special-interest groups
open access (free) articles
POWER SEARCHING!
Not every resource is created equal...
blindly trusting sources is a recipe for disaster
As scholars you must think
CRITICALLY
Protect yourself from
errors
agendas
distortions
and
obsolete thinking
Aspects of evaluation:
Authority
Objectivity
Currency
Accuracy
education
experience
reputation
goals
biases
fairness
methods
demographics
concepts
By weighing everything
Relevancy
oversight
editors
peer-review
grammar mistakes?
Do they cite quality sources to support their arguments?
applicability
requirements
yugjg
Sometimes, you don't find what you need, and have to strategize a new plan of attack!
http://www.regent.edu/admin/stusrv/writingcenter/
APA
MLA
Turabian
etc.
The Writing Center can also help you learn how to cite, and help with tricky sources
Are there citation tools and resources available?
Yep! Check out the Library's guide on citation resources:
http://libguides.regent.edu/citation
to your topic
of your assignment
the author's
Up-to-date...
Yay!
A+
Follow the steps to success!
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