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 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!
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. The list below includes books and databases you'll find online.
All of these resources are free for MJC students, faculty, & staff.
If you're working from off campus, you'll need to sign in. Once you click on the name of a database, simply enter your student ID (without the W) and your six-digit birth date.
Once you've become more familiar with your topic; you're ready to begin answering all those questions you generated while doing your preliminary reading.
Issues pertaining to the LGBT community are complex and varied involving such topics as gender identity, crime, legislation, child custody, marriage, discrimination, and many more. You could concentrate on one issue and do in-depth research on that, or use several of the questions below to focus more generally.