Let’s brainstorm about our research questions again! I know we’ve done this already, but at the end of this brainstorm freewrite, you will provide a more specific, narrowed down research question, by thinking about (and addressing) the “five Ws”:
Who? What? When? Where? Why?
Who? Describe the specific individual or population you are investigating.
What? Describe the specific element or aspect that directly impacts the who.
When? Is a time frame in which you might limit your investigation.
Where? Is a geographical location where you might focus.
Why? Addresses the reason or reasons that this investigation is important or meaningful.
After you’ve narrowed down your question, try to find a source related to that question. Are there specific academic journals related to your topic? Conduct a quick web search by entering your research question, either on a general search engine or on Google Scholar to locate a reliable research source.
We will discuss and look at some examples of narrowing down research topic/questions at the beginning of class, and then please post your answers to the above questions, with your beginning research question, and then your narrowed down, more specific research question, in the comment area here.