Begin by defining your Research Framework:
1. Topic/Question(s): What do you already know about your topic? What do you want to find out?
2. Context: Which subject disciplines/stakeholders might study your question?
3. Sources: Which types of sources you would like to identify (or are you required to use) and read:
|Types of Sources:||Research Tool:|
|Journal, Magazine, Newspaper Articles & Book Chapters||Subscription Database(s)|
|Websites (e.g. government reports, statistics)||Commercial Search Engine(s)|
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4. Search: What has been published in credible sources?
5. Refine: Narrow your focus if needed - it is typical to revise your question as you learn more about the issue.
- Date range - limit your search to sources published in the last 5 years
- Geography - investigate a region, e.g. California or cities/urban areas
- Population - focus on a particular group, e.g. senior citizens or Vietnamese Americans
- Aspect - identify a specific angle, e.g. Twitter instead of social media