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SOWK 105-01-13977 Introduction to Social Science: Reflection Paper

This guide is designed to provide information sources for students with research assignments in the class SOWK 105-01-13977

Some Recommendations

Be sure to follow the guidelines provided by your professor for writing your reflection paper. The information provided  here from other sources are simply to assist you in thinking about your topic and formulating a strategy for locating information and beginning to write.

Research Worksheet

 This "Research Worksheet"  from the University of Pittsburg Library System  is  popular and may be helpful for you in planning and developing your research paper.  The content and  recommended work strategy  is as follows.

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Thesis  -  Summarize in one sentence your research question.  Circle or underline the important concepts.

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Expanding on your Thesis -  Does the statement above provide the audience with the information you are trying to convey? Most likely not; so think about what your information goal is.  What is important?  How much do you know about your topic?  What might be imporant to your audiende? (Who are they? How much do you know about your topic?  What might be important to your audience? (Who are they? Why should they care about this information?  Now try to write a few sentences that detail your topic.  Circle additional concepts and words that you reached.

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Keywords -  The concepts you circled in your thesis and discussion above are called keywords; write these keywords on the bold lines below.  You can generate more keywords by thinking  of alternative words or phrases which express the same idea as a particular keyword.  You'll use these keywords to form your search strategies.  Example:  soft drink -  soft drinks, soda, non-alcoholic beverage, Coca-Cola (if researching that product)

KW # 1:                                                     KW #2:                                                          KW #3:

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Search Strategies -- Using the keywords you listed above, draft a few search strategies you could use to search the LRD Catalog or periodical databases.  Example:  soft drink industry and trends.

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Selecting Your Resources  --  Find four scholarly sources on your topic.  Create a citation for each item and "briefly describe why you chose this particular resource for your research.

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Why did you choose this resource?

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(Continue citing and giving reasons for choosing each resource you may use.

Brainstorming Topic

This information can be found on the LRD web site and copied in pdf format.

 

Brainstorming

To help develop a focused research question from a broad topic, students are asked to consider the questions in the quadrant below. 

What? 

  • What is your topic? What other issues/events are similar or related to your topic? 

Who? 

  • Who is affected by your topic? Who is involved?

How? 

  • How does your topic impact society, culture, politics, economics? 

Why? 

  • Why does this topic matter to you? Why should it matter to others? 

 

Research Question Templates

While these are not the only way you can structure a research question, these templates might be helpful as you try and shape your research question.

·         What are the effect(s) of [actor] on [target]?

·         What is the future of [actor] for [target]?

·         What are the advantages (or disadvantages) of using [actor] for [target]?

·         How do restrictions on [actor] effect [target]?

·         How will the dependence of [target] on [actor] effect the future?

·         What is the role of [actor] in the relationship between [target] and [target]?