Topic Selection• personal interests• assignment requirements• instructors recommendations• topics on courses textbooks• topics on encyclopedias or the news
Strategies for Topic Selection• look for questions rather than just information• Google search: general exploration (not academic content)• explore newspaper articles: Canadian Newsstand, CBCA Reference
Prefocus Exploration• collect ideas: contradictions, controversies• explore the terminology: new terms, synonyms• take notes of facts, dates, authors, and potential sources
Focus Formulation Topic of Interest Attitude/Angle/ArgumentThesis or Research Question
Lance Armstrong Doping Doping and Ethical aspects about Doping prevention health risks dopingResearch question: Should the use of performance enhancing drugs (doping) beallowed in elite sports?
Research question: Should the use of performance enhancing drugs beallowed in elite sports?Statement 1: Performance enhancing drugs that do not expose athletes toexcessive risk should be allowed because this would make the sport fair toall competitors and anti-doping organizations could concentrate more efficientlyon drugs that are in fact dangerous.Statement 2: Performance enhancing drugs should not be allowed in any situationbecause they increase the risks to athletes’ health and doping use is againstthe spirit of sport.
Boolean Search elite Performancedoping doping enhancing athletes drugs AND OR Search exact phrases:cycling baseball “elite athletes” NOT
KeywordsDoping Performance enhancing drugs, PEDElite sports Athletes, elite athletesEthics ethical aspects, moral aspects(doping OR performance enhancing drugs) AND athletes AND (moral ORethics)
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