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SOCI301: Intro to Sociological Research

Explore Your Topic

Spend a few minutes thinking about your topic 

  • List important vocabulary related to your topic. Consider the 5 W's - who, what, where, when, why
  • List people or groups impacted by your topic.
  • Make a list of questions (large or small) that you’d like to address through your research. 

Brainstorm keywords for your search

1. Identify the main concepts of your research question

Do feelings of safety impact carrying weapons among teenagers?

2. Brainstorm synonyms or related terms for your main concepts

Do feelings of (safety or security) impact carrying (weapons or firearms or guns) among (teenagers or teens or adolescents or students)?


Use this WORKSHEET to record your work (opens as a personal copy of a Google doc)