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READ 93 - Foundations of College Reading - Library Research Project: Step 2: Choosing a Topic and Keywords

Selecting a Research Question

Choose one of the following research questions that are related to the themes in the textbook. Read through them all, and select ONE that interests you.

1.   Should colleges consider student diversity when recruiting students? 

2.   Should employers consider diversity when hiring or promoting employees?

3.   Has technology had a positive or negative effect on family relationships?

4.   Should the media be held responsible for promoting unhealthy body images in adolescents ?

5.   Should the government provide laws for better regulation of online social networking?

6.   Should the medical profession be responsible for misuse of prescription drugs?

7.   Should drugs be decriminalized?

8.  Does the fear of failure motivate students or hold them back from succeeding in college?

Choosing and Using Keywords

Here is a sample research question as an example. This is NOT one of your choices; do NOTuse it as your topic!

We need to find keywords or phrases -- the words and/or phrases that capture the essence the idea(s) in a research question. Read the research question carefully. What clues can you find in the question - or topic - that will help you find MORE information about those ideas?  

Look at some of these examples. Remember: These are not the questions for your project.

Sample question: Why are books and movies about vampires so popular?     
Keywords highlighted: Why are books and movies about vampires so popular?

Sample question: Should there be a minimum basic income in the United States?     
Keywords highlighted: Should there be a minimum basic income in the United States?

Sample question: Should corporations have the same rights as individual citizens?     
Keywords highlighted: Should corporations have the same rights as individual citizens?

In Step 3, you are going to use your keywords or phrases to search for magazine articles about your topic. Remember: Sometimes, you have to try a few different searches, using your keywords or phrases, to find the articles and information that you want.

Now that you've chosen your research question, find the keywords or phrases in your question