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The Research Process & Topic Selection and Narrowing

Do you know when a topic is too big? How narrow does your topic have to be for a 7-10 page paper? Find out here! (Adapted from a Prezi by Becky Canovan)

Cara Stone

on 11 September 2016

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Narrowing a topic
United States
Drug Laws
Medical Marijuana
States with Medical Marijuana Allowed
How are local, state, and federal laws about medical marijuana impacting its production and distribution?
Your doable research question for 7-10 pages!!
You can start big and then narrow your search...like this...
...or, you can start anywhere in that spectrum and narrow as necessary...
...or, you can start by asking a broad research question in any category, and let your research narrow you down to a doable question...
Illegal drugs
Drug trafficking and violence
US/Mexico Border
Border protection laws
How have fears over illegal drug trafficking and violence impacted laws in the states that border Mexico?
A doable question for 5-7 pages
articles or books
articles or books
articles or books
articles or books
What about buying drugs online?
article about prescription drugs being sold online
article about the dangers of counterfeit drugs sold online
article about the high costs of prescriptions and the savings offered by purchasing drugs online
What impact has the internet had on U.S. drug sales in terms of
pharmaceutical practices and policies?
consumer health and the dangers associated with online drug sales?
consumer savings (pros and cons)?
illegal drug trafficking?
Any one of these would be a doable topic for 7-10 pages.
The Research Process
Research Question
Thesis Statement
Annotated Bibliography
Paper Draft
Final Paper
Background Information
Finding articles and books
Finding evidence
Find more research ?
Find more research ?
What do you already know?
What do you want to know?
Web searches
General texts
It's the question you are trying to answer in your paper.
It drives your search.
It's an important way to narrow your topic.
"What is ____?" is not a good research question... Dig deeper! If it is boring to you, it's probably boring to your professor and to the others who are peer reviewing your work.
Spill coffee on
Translate from "fancy scholar language" into "real people speak"
...On print-outs and photo copies only, please!
Sort of like your topic sentence. It answers your research question!
These two elements are SUPER-important. They form the foundation for your paper. The research question is why you are searching and the thesis statement is what you found that answers the question.
Paragraph explaining what the source is, what it is about, and how you will use it to answer your research question.
The citations (using correct formatting) of the sources you used.
Do your annotations as you read the article.
Look at the main argument & supporting evidence in the articles when writing your annotations. It will help you fill out the details of your outline later.
The evidence you find to help you answer your research question and write your thesis is the same evidence you use when writing your paper to support your thesis.
Organizing your ideas and evidence (research) into a logical argument & structure. It's the skeleton of your paper.
Putting it all together for the first time.
Filling out your arguments from your outline.
Making it look pretty and make sense to others.
You made it! Hallelujah!
Letting others review your work (peers, professor).
Using their comments and suggestions to improve your paper.
Good news! You don't have to live with your topic for the rest of your life, just for a few weeks! It's only a paper, not a tattoo or marriage....
The key to a good outline is making it more than just 1 word per line. Use full sentences (and quotes--be sure to cite sources and page numbers). The more work you put into your outline, the easier it will be to write your paper draft!
Things to include in your outline:
Full sentences
Quotes with citations
Your argument
...It is the whole point of your paper; you should probably include it...
Of course!
You're going to use quotes eventually, so why not start out organized (and impress your professor along the way by showing how awesome your sources are).
Because your professor doesn't know what you mean by "evidence" or "more here."
Research doesn't only happen in the beginning stages. You may have to go back and find more information--It's all part of the process!
Just because we put it in this order doesn't mean you have to follow it exactly! Feel free to revise your thesis once you've completed your outline or tweak your research question after your first draft!
Cara Stone
Grand View University
Spring 2014
Adapted from a Prezi by Becky Canovan, University of Dubuque
Cara Stone
Grand View University
Fall 2016
Adapted from a Prezi by Becky Canovan, University of Dubuque
article about illegal drugs being distributed online
What is it that you're trying to say in your paper?
Figure out your main points
What do you want your audience to learn (or feel)?
Why are your main points important?
These should support your thesis.

Arrange your main points
Put them in a logical order (you can change it later if you need to)!
Creating an Outline to Get Started
Create sub-points
Add more info under each of your main points
Go into the little details of your paper
Include important quotes (don't forget source information & page numbers)
The more work you put into your outline, the easier it will be to write your paper draft!

Evaluate your outline
Does what you wrote make sense?
Do you have enough sub-points under the main points?
Do you have extra fluff that's not necessary?
Once you have an awesome outline, you can start writing your paper! (You can start from any point in your outline--wherever you feel most inspired!)

In order to write your paper and outline, you need to be able to read, understand, and put in your own words information from your resources.
In pairs, practice paraphrasing using the example resources given.
Mark in the original text those things you think are essential to restate in your own words in your paraphrased paragraph.
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