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Chapter 4 - Five steps before beginning a research project: 1) Identify question or topic to investigate 2) Clarify research question and identify a key list of terms and concepts 3) Locate potential sources of background information on the topic 4) organize and evaluate information 5)citing sources of information using a standard format Steps to identify, narrow/clarify RQs/Hos, locate, organize & evaluate information 1) Identifying the topic: choosing a topic to investigate and understand why you are doing it for the outcome that interests you What types of sources to use and cite (APA or MLA) What do you plan to do with research and will other people care Usually conducted from gaps in research- missing/ update data, skewed sample size, no one has studied topic yet, uncertainty reduction theory 2) Clarifying research questions and generating key terms: -Three primary steps: 1) state topic in form of a question 2) Identify key terms and topics from the questions 3) generate a list of key term synonyms that can be used to
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Unformatted text preview: search for background information • Stating research question- find what type of relationship will be studied (friend/parent)? is there a particular role that should be that focus of the study? How is com related? • Identify info that is already known • Make a list of terms/similes of the research question • 3) Locating sources of Information: • Likely to come across two different sources- Primary (study actually doe by author: first had documents, court records, interviews, surveys) and Secondary (restatement or analysis of primary/ summarizes preexisting research) • Types of information sources: books, magazines, newspapers, scholarly journals, web- google scholar, directory of open access journals • Four pieces of info for a legit webpage: author, accuracy, currency, objectivity • 4) Organizing and Evaluating Information: • Maintain a working bibliography • 5) citing: Read ARTICLE Cite materials properly...
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This note was uploaded on 02/15/2012 for the course COM 262 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '08 term at Miami University.

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