From Topic to Research QuestionLearning outcome: define a research focus LIBR 250, Section1 Winter 2013 / Terrones
Is this a good research question?My paper is on the use of therapy dogs to treat trauma victims.What according to published research are the nutritional benefits of eating organic foods?What are the effects of video games on society?College students and social mediaHow does divorce affect children?
Research Questions do:• Start with a “W” (what, who ..) or “How”• Investigate the value of something (e.g. good, appropriate, relevant, just).• Look at the cause and effect of something (e.g. impacts, influences, results, prior events).• Examine a topic by geography or group (e.g. city, countries, college students, women).
From Topic to Question Topic Research QuestionSocial media What are the pros and cons of social media use by college students?Texting How does texting impact driver safety?Mexican drug war What role do journalists play in reporting on the Mexican drug war?
Need a Topic?• Idea generator http://www.lib.odu.edu/researchassistance/id eagenerator/• CQ Researcher http://library.cqpress.com/cqresearcher/
LIBR 250 class websitehttp://calstatela.libguides.com/terrones_libr250Due Jan. 17• Email Terrones your research question (CSULA email account)• Read Moving from Assignment to Topic• Complete Learning Survey
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