The information competent student:
We will touch on elements of all these competencies in this instruction session.
Research requires an iterative process. That means that there is a lot of starting, stopping, exploring, failing, and restarting - a lot of "RE-searching." In this workshop we're going to explore some ways to find research topics that:
• Interest you personally, professionally.
• Allow you to add your own unique ideas to the books, articles and other ideas.
• Allow you to learn about systems of human nature and society that you may have experienced but never defined the same way.
To encourage you to SEARCH and RE–SEARCH, complete the assignment below. Use some of the methods we discussed during the library seminar to discover at least one possible topic: think of issues in your major, find basic info in books & journal articles, use concept mapping, refer to your textbook & class discussion/lecture notes.
You will come up with a topic to research, and generate a set of keywords that will be used for your future research assignments.
Your Survey Research Project:
A good research topic, especially in sociology, is a topic that meets the RIP criteria. A good topic...
Figuring out a topic that is relevant, interesting, and practical is not always easy. Fortunately there are a lot of tools to help you along the way.