Once you've done some initial exploration, it's time to refine and define your topic. Try this fill-in-the-blank sentence to get started:
I want to research ____(what/who)____
to argue or describe ___(what)___.
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Sometimes it's helpful to do some background research before selecting your topic or jumping into scholarly articles and datasets. Here are our favorite places to explore potential topics in sociology:
This database is a great go-to for quality, up-to-date background information on almost any topic. Think of this like Wikipedia, but for academic research topics. Enter keywords into the search box, or Explore Topic Pages for overviews.
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Vendor: Credo Reference
Is your research on a topic that's currently in the news or has particular political relevance? This database provides comprehensive, thoroughly fact-checked reports, each including a topic overview, chronology, and assessment of the issue from varying perspectives.
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Vendor: CQ Press