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HDFS 5100: Introduction to Human Development & Family Sciences - Gray: Background Info

This course guide was created for Dr. Christine Gray's HDFS 5100: Introduction to HDFS class.

The Research Process

Researching is messy and you'll feel like you are going in circles sometimes, which is okay!  There are a lot of steps to go through before you start writing your paper.  This visualization can help you navigate your way through the process.

Pro/Con Arguments & Controversial Issues

These databases contain articles about on current issues, trends, pro/con arguments and controversial issues.They are helpful when beginning to research a topic that you are not familiar with or if you want to know more about what both sides are saying.

CQ Researcher

In-depth, unbiased coverage of health, social trends, criminal justice, international affairs, education, the environment, technology, economy, and global affairs.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Current social issues presented in topic pages with a variety of data on differing points of view.

Learning More About Your Topic

Once you have selected a topic, it is helpful to find additional background information. What to look for when learning more about the topic:

  • Definitions
  • Keywords
  • Concepts
  • Events, people, and key dates
  • Facts surrounding the topic

What is mind mapping?

 

It is also known as brainstorming, and is very useful for generating topics and keywords for your writing. You can create a mind map by hand using pen and paper, or find an online tool.