This guide will provide resources for English 102/Chinese History Learning Community research paper
Getting Started - Research Question
Elements of a good Research Question:
Understand the assignment that you are working with - How many pages is it? What are the guidelines that you are supposed to follow? What types of sources are you supposed to have?
Ensure that your question is researchable. You need be able to cover the requirements of the assignment. If your question is too vague or too unclear, you'll struggle more with finding appropriate sources.
Make sure your question is complex enough to cover the needs of the length of the paper.
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Why do they matter? Good search terms will help you get better quality results in a shorter period of time.
How do I develop terms? One way to start developing your search terms is to pull the significant main ideas out of your research question.
What else can I do? Once you've established some search terms, you can connect them with the terms AND , OR, NOT.
See the following examples - Significant search terms are bolded and these are what you might plug in to a database as terms to get started in your search.
Topic: The Great Depression
What was the impact of The Great Depression on government policies in the 1930's and 1940's?
> Your search string might look like this: Great Depression AND government policies AND 1930-1940.
In what ways did the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act contribute to The Great Depression and how did it lead to tariff policychange in the years immediately following?
> Your search string might look like thisSmoot-Hawley Tariff Act AND Great Depression WITH A SEPARATE SEARCH FOR U.S.tariff policy change and 1940
List of Topics
Religions in China
Confucianism / Taoism / Buddhism in China
Sun Zhongshan (Sun Yatsen)
Soviet influence in China
Sino-Japanese war / Nanking Massacre
Deng Xiaoping (and his reform and opening up policy)