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CTAC 226 Lecture Notes 1/14/08 Understanding the “Science” of Social Science Reputation of Research/Self-Fulfilling Prophesy “Connect the Dots” & “Junk Science” What are social investigations? Why do we do them? 1. To discover something new 2. To test suspicions/hunches What is research? “Studying something in a systematic manner, and reporting in detail what was done and  what was found, so that others can replicate the process.”  [This gives your work validation.]   Fundamental Principles of Research I. Research needs to be systematic.  II. Elements of a Good Research Study A.) Abstract B.) Conceptualization/Introduction (What & Why) [need to narrow focus so you can  study it completely] C.) Review of Literature [studies that already have been done, related to the subject.  Find things that we still need to learn. Important because: you learn what the 
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