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HIST 344: Historiography and Research Methodology: Research Question Development

Explorng a Research Topic

Getting Started:

In the development phase, do a preliminary search to familiarize yourself with your topic. Use the five Ws to focus your research:
  • Who: demographic focus (gender, age, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status)
  • What: aspects, details
  • Where: geographic location
  • When: either present day or a particular time period in the past
  • Why/How/So What!: importance, impact (societal, individual)


Keep in Mind:

  • You don't have to answer all of the questions. Some might not apply
    or be helpful.
  • Your research question might evolve and change as you review
    the literature.

Preliminary Searching

Searching EBSCO Databases:

After clicking on Academic Search Complete, all recommended EBSCO databases* (so marked) can be searched simultaneously by clicking "Choose Databases," checking the box next to the database name and clicking OK. 

Historiography Research Project Organization

Research Methods

Narrowing a Research Topic

Brainstorming Worksheet