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Social Sciences Research

Learn tools and tips for conducting research in the social sciences

Inquiry Driven Research

What Are You Trying to Figure Out?

Research works best when it is tackled with the true spirit of inquiry. What are you ultimately trying to figure out in regards to your topic?  Are you trying to gain an overview of of a brand new topic, or understand something familiar with greater depth and clarity? Are you trying to develop a new idea or find the best arguments for or against an existing idea? Are you trying to find a solution to a problem? Approaching research through the lens of inquiry is a great way to keep you motivated. You aren't just looking for information, you're looking for ANSWERS!

Developing Your Topic with Preliminary Reading (Start Building Your Strategy)

It's important to begin your research learning something about your subject; in fact, you won't be able to create a focused, manageable thesis unless you already know something about your topic.

What are others saying and writing about your topic? What different issues or ideas really interest you enough to focus your research on? Who is writing about your topic?

Preliminary Reading to evaluate and refine topics

Background Reading @MJC

Use these databases to find overview articles on topics related to your research so that you can begin to explore your topic and decide how you want to focus your research.


Be Strategic Using Research Questions

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