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This guide is designed to help you with Essay #2: Translating Sepcialized Knowledge.


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    Research Framework

    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:
    Books Harvest Catalog
    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


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