To help develop a focused research question from a broad topic, students are asked to consider the questions in the quadrant below.
What is your topic? What other issues/events are similar or related to your topic?
Who is affected by your topic? Who is involved?
How does your topic impact society, culture, politics, economics?
Why does this topic matter to you? Why should it matter to others?
For a PDF of the question quadrant, click here.
We have a number of databases to help you find research to support your speeches.
The premier online resource covering today's hottest social issues, from Offshore Drilling to Climate Change, Health Care to Immigration. Opposing Viewpoints in Context helps students research, analyze and organize a broad variety of data for conducting research, completing writing assignments, preparing for debates, creating presentations and more.
An excellent basic collection for undergraduate research needs. Find journals and books in social sciences, humanities, science, medicine, technology and more.
Evaluating Sources is essential. In using information, we must carefully evaluate not only if it is accurate, authoritative and current, but also appropriate for our needs. We must also be aware of and consider the bias that is present in every source.
To help accomplish this, you can use the CRAAP Test. This quick test asks you to find out information about your source, and asks straightforward questions for you to consider.
Here are some sample sources for us to consider.
2. Brown, D. ( 2012). What is the state of black theater in D.C.? Washington Post. Retrieved from https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/what-is-the-state-of-black-theater-in-dc/2011/12/22/gIQArcQLfP_story.html
4. Rein, L. (2015, September 28). Amid immigration debate, new border chief seeks to turn around beleaguered force. Washington Post. Retrieved from https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2016/09/28/amid-immigration-debate-new-border-chief-seeks-to-turn-around-beleaguered-force/
5. Manuel, J., Passel, J., Cohen, D. (2016). 5 facts about illegal immigration in the U.S. Pew Research Center. Retrieved from http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/09/20/5-facts-about-illegal-immigration-in-the-u-s/