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  • Finding a particular fact or data to answer a question Selecting different types of materials in order to create a report, article or book Gathering and analyzing data to find a solution for a problem
  • Finding a particular fact or data to answer a question Selecting different types of materials in order to create a report, article or book Gathering and analyzing data to find a solution for a problem
  • Finding a particular fact or data to answer a question Selecting different types of materials in order to create a report, article or book Gathering and analyzing data to find a solution for a problem
  • Finding a particular fact or data to answer a question Selecting different types of materials in order to create a report, article or book Gathering and analyzing data to find a solution for a problem
  • Researching and analyzing the data to pinpoint an answer helps to develop a solution to a problem.
  • Finding a particular fact or data to answer a question Selecting different types of materials in order to create a report, article or book Gathering and analyzing data to find a solution for a problem
  • Researching a specific fact if you need to answer a question.
  • Defining your research question will:Help narrow the focus of your research. Help evaluate the information you find in order to know what is important and what is notHelp your research stay on track
  • Researching a specific fact if you need to answer a question.
  • Researching a specific fact if you need to answer a question.
  • If you don’t have a properly formulated question, it could be:Too narrow (your research may end too soon)Too broad (you may NEVER come to an end)Continue to keep the research categories in mind…and remember: you can have more than one question per topic!
  • For the purpose of this class, we will be gathering information for a lengthy project.You will be writing FIVE research questions.
  • Write a question that narrows your topic to a particular group. Consider the following:Do you want to focus on gender?An age group?An ethnic group?
  • Assume you are doing research on sickle cell anemia. What aspects of the disease are most interesting to you? What might you want to focus on:The impact the disease has on the lives of children who have sickle cell anemiaThe treatmentWhat research is already being doneExample:What impact does sickle cell anemia have on the lives of people between the ages of 30 and 40, and what treatment is available to them?
  • Do you want to examine your topic as it exists currently? In a specific time period? In the general past? In the projected future?Sickle Cell Anemia Example:How has the treatment of sickle cell anemia and the quality of life of those with the disease improved over the last 100 years?
  • Do you want to look at the topic from a global perspective? From a national perspective? From a state perspective? Your community?Do you want to focus your research globally, focus on its impact on a particular country, or look at your own community?
  • Examine WHY the topic is important: Are you looking for the cause of a problem? Determining the impact of an issue? Examining the validity of information around a topic?Why is it important to find a cure for sickle cell anemia?
  • Once you write your questions, you may want to reformulate your topic based on your questions. As you progress in your research log each week, you may find that you could have worded your questions better…or you may even decide to change the focus in a particular area.You don’t want to change your focus too often or too much or you may put yourself in a position of never being able to finish your research!

Information Literacy Week 4: Research Questions Presentation Transcript

  • 1. Research Step #1 – Define the Need
    INF1100 - Week 4
    LRC
  • 2.
  • 3. Research: 3 Categories
    • Answer a question
    • 4. Create a report, article, or book
    • 5. Find a solution for a problem
  • Example #1
    “What is the quality of life for people living with kidney disease?”
    • Answer a question
    • 6. Create a report, article, or book
    • 7. Find a solution for a problem
  • Example #1
    “What is the quality of life for people living with kidney disease?”
    • Answer a question
    • 8. Create a report, article, or book
    • 9. Find a solution for a problem
  • Example #2
    “Why is domestic violence on the rise and what can be done about it?”
    • Answer a question
    • 10. Create a report, article, or book
    • 11. Find a solution for a problem
  • Example #2
    “Why is domestic violence on the rise and what can be done about it?”
    • Answer a question
    • 12. Create a report, article, or book
    • 13. Find a solution for a problem
  • Example #3
    “Why are the Smokey Mountains called the Smokey Mountains?”
    • Answer a question
    • 14. Create a report, article, or book
    • 15. Find a solution for a problem
  • Example #3
    “Why are the Smokey Mountains called the Smokey Mountains?”
    • Answer a question
    • 16. Create a report, article, or book
    • 17. Find a solution for a problem
  • What did you notice about the previous research examples?
    They were each asking a specific question.
  • 18. Formulating your Question
    Formulating your Question
  • 19. How you answer your question is just as important as having your question.
  • 20. TOO BROAD
    TOO NARROW
  • 21. Example #1
    “Why are social networking sites harmful?”
    • Way too broad!
    • 22. Way too narrow!
    • 23. Just right.
  • Example #1
    “Why are social networking sites harmful?”
    • Way too broad!
    • 24. Way too narrow!
    • 25. Just right.
  • Example #1
    A better example:
    “How are online users experiencing or addressing privacy issues on social networking sites such as Facebook?”
  • 26. Example #2
    “How are doctors addressing diabetes in the United States?”
    • Way too broad!
    • 27. Way too narrow!
    • 28. Just right.
  • Example #2
    “How are doctors addressing diabetes in the United States?”
    • Way too broad!
    • 29. Way too narrow!
    • 30. Just right.
  • Example #2
    A better example:
    “What are common traits of those suffering from diabetes in America, and how can these commonalities be used to aid in the prevention of the disease?”
  • 31. Example #3
    “What percentage of commercial airline crashes were traced to negligent maintenance during the 10 years immediately preceding and following deregulation?”
    • Way too broad!
    • 32. Way too narrow!
    • 33. Just right.
  • Example #3
    “What percentage of commercial airline crashes were traced to negligent maintenance during the 10 years immediately preceding and following deregulation?”
    • Way too broad!
    • 34. Way too narrow!
    • 35. Just right.
  • Example #3
    A better example:
    “What impact has deregulation had on commercial airline safety?”
  • 36.
  • 37. Who?
  • 38. What?
  • 39. When?
  • 40. Where?
  • 41. Why?
  • 42. Reformulated Topic
    “The treatment of sickle cell anemia over the last 100 years and its affect on the quality of life on 30 – 40 year olds suffering from the disease.”
  • 43. In-Class Activity
    Practice Writing Research Questions
  • 44. For Next Class…
    • Read Chapter 3
    • 45. No Quiz next week!
    • 46. Assignment 4 (Log) – Write Your Research Topic and Questions