How to begin? Plan! Plan! Plan!
Use the attached Research Roadmap as a planning tool as you get organized for research.
Questions to consider in the planning process:
1. What am I looking for?
What are the big ideas that interest me?
What do I already know about these ideas?
What do I want/need to learn about these ideas to be confident in discussing and arguing about them in your paper?
What search terms are likely to be useful in locating potentially useful articles?
What library databases are best suited to this search?
2. Which and where are the BEST sources?
Who are the experts on/about these ideas?
Would it be useful to read some background/foundational information on the general topic?
Where am I likely to find more information so I can become more deeply knowledgeable about the topic(s)?
How will I evaluate sources to be sure they are credible, accurate, relevant and timely?
Research Template for Issues
Identify the aspects of the large concept (idea) that are RELEVANT to your search right now. Use these RELEVANT aspects to give you search terms (keywords) and to help you stay on track throughout your search process.
Remember that for your assignment you want to learn about this topic but you have limits.
For all these reasons, it is important to identify the relevant aspects of the larger topic that most interest you, that you will emphasize in your work.
Every author/creator has a purpose in writing or creating their content. Use this tool to reflect upon an author/creator's point of view.
Find the reasons people share for how and why they feel the way they feel!