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Research help to support WR 122

The research process

The research process isn't straight line! Learn about the multi-step process you go through as you explore a topic, learn about it, and present information on it.

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Exploring your topic: Questions to ask

Refining your topic.

It can be helpful to ask yourself some questions about your topic in order to make it easier to research. Here are some examples:

  • Did you pick option 1 or 2 for the paper? What are you writing about?
  • What do you want more information about?
  • Is there anything that you are confused about or need to know more about before continuing your research?
  • What about the topic interests you the most?
  • Are you interested in a specific population (such as college students, millennials, or people experiencing homelessness)?
  • Are you interested in a specific location (such as Portland, China, forests, or community colleges)?
  • Are you interested in a specific time frame or era (such as the 1980s, the 21st century, or the stone age)?
  • Is there anything you are specifically NOT interested in learning about that is related to your topic (such as The Rock, but not rocks)?

You can also try re-phrasing your topic to explain it to a friend or someone who doesn't know as much as you do about it.

More research help

Not sure where to start? Want a bit more help developing a topic or developing a thesis? Take a look at our Research Help guide! 

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