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Call - 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)
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Cara Stone

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Transcript of Call - The Research Process & Topic Selection and Narrowing

Narrowing a topic
United States
Drugs
Drug Laws
Marijuana
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
Topic/Idea
Research Question
Thesis Statement
Annotated Bibliography
Outline
Paper Draft
Review/Revising
Final Paper
Background Information
Research:
Finding articles and books
Reading
Analyzing
Finding evidence

Find more research ?
Find more research ?
Pick something that is interesting to you.
What do you already know?
What do you want to know?
Encyclopedias
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.
Read
Highlight
Underline
Spill coffee on
Annotate
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.
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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.
At the same time, it's not like you have to live with it for the rest of your life, just for a few weeks. It's only a paper, not a 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:
Thesis
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
Fall 2011
Adapted from a Prezi by Becky Canovan, University of Dubuque
Cara Stone
Grand View University
Fall 2011
Adapted from a Prezi by Becky Canovan, University of Dubuque
article about illegal drugs being distributed online
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