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An overview of creating a research question, or thesis statement for a basic research paper and library sources to use.

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    • Library Sources: Getting Started
      Vincent P. Tinerella
    • The Research Process
      Ten Basic Steps
    • Select a Topic
      health
      Term Paper Topics
      • Abortion
      • Affirmative Action
      • AIDS
      • Animal Rights
      • Anthrax
      • Assisted Suicide
      • Asteroids
      • Blackout
      • Capital Punishment
      • Child Abuse
      • Cloning
      • Conjoined Twins
      • Diabetes
      • Drunk Driving
      • Easter Island
      • Eating Disorders
      • E-mail Spam
      • Empire State Building
      • Global Warming
      • Gangs
      • Gender Issues Health Care
      • Holocaust Immigration Islam
      Science
      A topic is general. It is a category, frequently expressed in a single word or phrase, such as “alcoholism" or “teenage mothers.” A topic is a good starting point, but by itself, it is usually too broad, and so it must be refined.
      Technology
      Politics
      Religion
      Business
    • Ask Yourself Questions About Your Topic:
      • Is the topic of interest to me?
      • Is my topic appropriate for my audience? Is it relevant to my course?
      • How much or how little do I know about it?
    • FORMULATE A RESEARCH QUESTION
      The Q the researcher asks that guides his or her inquiry into the topic. A good research question asks a clear, concise question and helps you keep a tight focus on your topic.
      A good RQ is broad enough to allow you to find enough material, but narrow enough to fit within the size and time constraints of your paper.
      Choose a RQ worth arguing about or exploring (So what?).
    • Evidence
      Find evidence to support your research question
    • Types of Evidence
    • Sources
      Data or information that has not been analyzed or evaluated
      Data that has been analyzed
      Primary Sources
      Secondary Sources
      books
      articles
      reviews
      textbooks
      bibliographies
      Web sites
      census data
      laws
      diaries speeches
      autobiographies
      tech reports
      transcripts e-mail
      musical scores letters
    • Tools of the Trade
    • (To narrow and refine topic)
    • Narrow by Viewpoint
      ResearchQuestion
      Viewpoint Limiters
      Topic
      What is the constitutionality of Internet filtering technology in public libraries?
      Internet Security
      • Cultural
      • Social
      • Legal
      • Medical
      • Ethical
      • Biological
      • Psychological
      • Economic
      • Political
      • Philosophical
      Vitamins
      Will a regimen of vitamin therapy prevent heart disease?
      Cell Phones
      Should laws be enacted to prevent cell phone use in automobiles?
    • Narrow by Population
      Topic
      Research Question
    • Research Question
      Topic
      Narrow by Time
      Century
      date
      Current Trends
      Year
      Decade
      Future
    • Narrow by Place
      PLACE LIMITERS
      • Country
      • Continent
      • Region
      • City
      • State
      • Place
      • Organization
      • Institution
      Steroids in athletics
      Obesity
      How prevalent is steroid use among NCAA college baseball players?
      Is fast-food to blame for the rising obesity rates in the United States?
    • Limiters
      Place
      Time
      Topic
      Population
      Viewpoint
      Research Question
    • Topic: Management
      Narrowed Research Question
      Limiting Criteria
      Limiters
      Viewpoint
      Management practices to eliminate the glass ceiling
      “glass ceiling”
      Place
      American corporations; Fortune 500 companies
      U.S.
      Time
      Current initiatives?
      Present
      Women managers
      Population
      Women
      What current, effective management practices have American Fortune 500 companies initiated to eliminate the “glass ceiling” for their women managers?
    • AVOID RQ’S THAT ARE:
      • TOO BROAD
      • TOO NARROW
      • UNANSWERABLE
    • IT’S EASY TO REMEMBER
      • POPULATION
      • ASPECT-VIEWPOINT
      • TIME
      • PLACE
      • SO WHAT??????
      • WHO
      • WHAT
      • WHEN
      • WHERE
      • WHY
    • The overwhelming majority of scholars
      and researchers publish their work
      in academic journals available from
      subscription bibliographic databases
      acccessiblefrom the library homepage
      NOTFREE on the Internet.