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SOC 253 Marriage and Family

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Welcome to the research guide for SOC 253 Marriage & Family. Please let us know if you have any questions and we will be happy to help!

Before You Research - Narrow Your Topic

When deciding on a topic to research, it is often necessary to brainstorm aspects of your topic before you start searching. You don't want a topic that is broad or too big, which will give you too many results when you search. You also don't want a topic that is too narrow or too small, which will make it hard to find resources.

Before you start researching, as yourself these questions. Use the answers to help you narrow your topic into something more specific. You don't have to come up with long sentences for each question. Short, specific phrases are fine.

WHO is interested in your topic? WHO cares about this topic? (Be specific! Pick a specific population or group of people, i.e. doctors, women, etc.)

WHAT is interesting about your topic? WHAT are some other aspects? WHAT do you want to learn? WHAT questions do you have?

WHERE in the world do you want to focus? (Again, be specific! Pick a country, state, or city.)

WHEN is or was your topic relevant?

WHY is your topic important?

Before You Research - Watch Streaming Videos

Another way to narrow your topic is by watching documentaries. They can help you brainstorm aspects of your topic and come up with keywords.