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Develop a research paper exploring rituals and norms.
One of the more important processes in conducting research is designing a search strategy. You should use your search strategy when using library search tools/databases. The following are things to consider in designing your strategy:
Analyze your topic
You may need to find information in different kinds of sources [ Books | Journals | Newspapers | Magazines | Media (images, video, sound recordings)]
You may need to use more than one library tool (database, etc.) [ Some examples: Sociological Abstract | Academic Search Complete | Web of Science]
You may need to explore a subject over a period of time [ For example: 5 years | 20 years | 1960s | 19th Century | 20th Century ]
It is important to clarify what you are interested in finding out about your topic; familiarize yourself with the key issues and context. Begin by creating a research question.
The question may evolve and change over time. Sometimes using a format to phrase your question helps: I’m studying [Topic] Social Media Impact to investigate [Question] How social media influences attitudes and behavior? in order to understand [Significance/Rationale] the role networking through social media plays into our lives. This structure gives you a way to keep your question narrow, identifying just the area that you are studying. The question usually begins with why/what/how, etc.
Create a list of Related Terms. Another way to express this, is to create a list of synonyms for the important concepts in or associated with your topic.
Narrower terms: (Good for limiting your search, excluding irrelevant information, or adding focus to your search)
Population -gender (men, women), age (children/teens, adults, elderly), groups (artist, educators, clergy, ethnic/racial groups, etc.):