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FYS A Place of One's Own: Topic/Research Question

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  • Your syllabus
  • Your text
  • Class discussion
  • Your life
  • Current events

Suggested Subject Headings

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  • SPIRITUAL retreats
  • PLACE attachment (Psychology)
  • GROUP identity
  • COMMUNITY life
  • HOME (The concept)
  •  IDENTITY (Psychology)

Find Background Information

Background information helps you: 

  • Start thinking about your topic
  • See the big picture
  • Identify major issues
  • Discover something that interests you

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Narrow Your Topic

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Ask yourself open-ended questions to focus your topic. You don't have to answer all of the questions. Some might not apply or be helpful.

 
Use the five w's: 
  • Who: demographic focus (gender, age, ethnicity, socioeconomic status
  • What: aspects and impacts of the topic (sociological, psychological, economic)     
  • Where: geographic location
  • When: either present day or a particular time period in the past
  • Why/How/So What!: importance, significance (societal, individual)