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A Social Sciences Guide to Research

Search vs. Research

What is the difference between search and research? Watch the video to find out! (2:36)

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Research as Inquiry

When choosing a research question consider:

  • Are you interested?
  • Is it relevant?
  • Is it important?

Next,

Gather background research on a topic of your choice.

Frame it: 

  • What is the discussion on your topic?
  • What do you already know?
  • What needs to be explored further?

Consider:

  • Is the question too broad or narrow?
  • Can it be answered?

Choosing an Essay Topic

This video describes how to come up with a research topic, or research question, for an essay. (2:32)

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Choosing Keywords

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