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SOC 200: Principles of Sociology (WO): Research Question

Form a Research Question

Narrow your interest and decide what question your paper will answer.  It seems counterintuitive, but a narrow topic is actually easier to research than a broad one. 

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Socialization

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Class

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What socialization mechanisms help college students form a group identity?

Good Research Questions Are...

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Specific    Deep, Not Wide
Only answer one main research question in your paper.   

Instead of mentioning many ideas briefly, focus on a few points and develop them well.

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Objective, Not Biased    Unique
Form an objective research question. Your task is to explore a sociological issue, not argue a viewpoint that you already hold.     

Good research tackles new, unusual topics.