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Getting Started - Research Question

Elements of a good Research Question:

  1. 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?
  2. 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.
  3. Make sure your question is complex enough to cover the needs of the length of the paper.

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Getting Started - Search Terms

  • 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

  1. 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.
  2. In what ways did the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act contribute to The Great Depression and how did it lead to tariff policy change in the years immediately following?
    > Your search string might look like this Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act AND Great Depression  WITH A SEPARATE SEARCH FOR U.S. tariff policy change and 1940


List of Topics

  1. Religions in China
  2. Confucianism / Taoism / Buddhism in China
  3. Sun Zhongshan (Sun Yatsen)
  4. Soviet influence in China
  5. Sino-Japanese war / Nanking Massacre
  6. Deng Xiaoping (and his reform and opening up policy)
  7. The Reform and Opening Up policy
  8. Mao Zedong
  9. Cultural Revolution
  10. May Forth Movement
  11. Opium War
  12. Long March
  13. Republic of China
  14. Communist Party of China
  15. Boxers’ Movement
  16. Taiping Movement
  17. Qing Dynasty – the last Chinese imperial dynasty
  18. “the century of humiliation”
  19. China under Mao
  20. Tiananmen Event
  21. China’s family planning policy
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