How to Select a Research Topic?
A Place to Start: suggestions
Step 1: Develop a research question. Be as specific as possible. Example:
Should companies like Facebook be allowed to secretly experiment on their users? (from a yes or no question) to:
How should one respond to changing privacy issues related to Facebook's experimentation on user's personal information?
Step 2: Highlight or list key words within the body of the question.
Step 3: Find a good overview of the topic. Librarians are happy to help you find one. (This does not mean looking at journal articles.) Background information may be found in textbooks or reference resources such as CREDO or Gale Virtual Reference as well as the print sources listed in this guide. Some helpful print sources are listed.
Step 4: Create or revise a research question with multiple points of view. You are not writing a report that can be answered by searchng one specific source. A good research question looks at a variety of sources and a variety of points of view.
Online Reference Resources
This YouTube video give a framework for higher order thinking and evaluating sources to use.
60 Minutes: How Fake News Becomes A Popular, Trending Topic
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Kinds of Sources to Use by Format
1. One of the first things to think about is what are the kinds of sources to use in writing a research paper?
- Reference/background sources
- Books or e-books
- Articles: academic journals
- Articles: non-scholarly, popular magazines, newspapers
- Statistics or other supporting materials
Start with Zondervan Library tools and resources. Why? These will steer you to solid research on your topic. This guide will point to finding all of these formats.