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Steps of Research
Transcript of Steps of Research
Plan your search
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.
Refine your topic
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:
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...
"Does watching violent television impact children negatively?"
Or a thesis:
"Watching television with too much violence can have a negative impact on children."
Watching Power Rangers as children leads to increased levels of violent behavior in adults.
Media violence leads to violent behavior.
Does watching violent television impact children negatively?
from our topic sentence
Mix & Match
Combine your search terms with AND and OR
Search variations with an asterisk
Both must be present in result
At least one must be present
Common Sources of Information:
list of sources
dissertations & theses
open access (free) articles
Not every resource is created equal...
blindly trusting sources is a recipe for disaster
As scholars you must think
Protect yourself from
Aspects of evaluation:
By weighing everything
Do they cite quality sources to support their arguments?
Sometimes, you don't find what you need, and have to strategize a new plan of attack!
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:
to your topic
of your assignment
Follow the steps to success!