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SSC 251: Research Methods for Social Sciences: Today's Class

Resources for students in SSC 251

Goals for today

  • Continue to define and refine your topic
  • Figure out what types of sources/information you need
  • Start exploring scholarly resources
  • Start saving sources in EndNote

Deciding on a topic

Often finding a topic can be the most challenging part of writing a research paper, here are some ways to choose and narrow down a topic.

Ask youself

  • What am I interested in?
  • What do I want to know?
  • What problems need to be solved?


Too specific/ not specifc enough?

  • Be reasonable
  • Start wide and focus/narrow doesn your question
  • Try to make an 'idea pyramid'
  • Still having trouble? Ask Dr. Smithey or a librarian

Today's Class

Poll Everywhere


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Hailey Wyman
McGill Library
Office 109 (in the Hub)