FEEDER 1: GENERATING A RESEARCH QUESTION

Due: September 8, 2016 by 12 PM via Sakai “Assignments”
*Please be prepared to orally share your topic idea and research question with the class this day

Directions: Answer the following questions on a Word Doc. Please identify your answers separately as: Part 1 – A, B.1, B.2, B.3, B.4, B.5, C and Part II Articles 1-5.

A. Describe your topic in 1 paragraph. Why this topic?  What prompted you to choose it? What interests you about it from a scientific perspective and from a personal perspective?

B. Complete the following research tasks (1-5) to help you generate research questions about your topic.

  1. Type your general topic (i.e. mononucleosis) into a Google search bar. List the first 3 recommendations (i.e. mononucleosis treatment, rash, test), and write down the first four websites that come up. What kinds of websites are these, and what organizations are in charge of them?
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  2.  Look up your general topic in Wikipedia. Write down all of the hyperlinks (highlighted in blue) as well as each category listed under the “Contents” section.
  3. Go to the reference section for the Wikipedia page (all the way at the bottom). Click on 5 of the links. What kind of links did you select (newspaper articles, scientific articles, blogs, etc.)? Write a short paragraph summarizing what these 5 sources say about your topic.
  4. Based on the explorations that you’ve done on Google and Wikipedia, write down 3 subgroups/subtopics, population groups, or geographic locations related to your topic that you find particularly interesting. (See http://libguides.mit.edu/c.php?g=175961&p=1160160#791450).
  5. Visit two of the following websites and search for your topic. What kinds of articles, studies, blogs, etc. come up? Did you come upon any exciting subtopics that were not on Google or Wikipedia? Write a short paragraph to summarize your findings.

C. Write 5 specific research questions about your topic that you are interested in pursuing for your literature review.

 

PART II: Sources

Using the research techniques discussed in class, find 5 peer-reviewed journal articles published since 2000 that are closely related to your topic. Then, answer the following questions. For help reading the peer-reviewed journal articles, see this link: http://www.owlnet.rice.edu/~cainproj/courses/HowToReadSciArticle.pdf.

Article #1

  • Link to the article:
  • Title:
  • Author(s):
  • Publication Date:
  • Journal Title:
  • Skim the Introduction: What question are the authors trying to answer?
  • Skim the Methods section: What kind of experiment did the authors do?
  • Skim the Discussion: What were the results, conclusions, or suggestions?

 

Article #2

  • Link to the article:
  • Title:
  • Author(s):
  • Publication Date:
  • Journal Title:
  • Skim the Introduction: What question are the authors trying to answer?
  • Skim the Methods section: What kind of experiment did the authors do?
  • Skim the Discussion: What are the results, conclusions, or suggestions?

 

Article #3

  • Link to the article:
  • Title:
  • Author(s):
  • Publication Date:
  • Journal Title:
  • Skim the Introduction: What question are the authors trying to answer?
  • Skim the Methods section: What kind of experiment did the authors do?
  • Skim the Discussion: What are the results, conclusions, or suggestions?