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GNST 4350: Interdisciplinary Project: 1. Pick Your Topic

This guide is specific to completing the Project Outline, Project Research (Problem and Audience), and Project Research (Format and Minors) steps of the GNST 4350 Interdisciplinary Project.

Welcome to Research!

Step 1: Pick Your Topic.

Picking a topic is more than just finding a problem and brainstorming a solution - it's a process throughout your research.  You need to...

  • start with a problem/solution and figure out the core concepts (main ideas) driving each,
  • brainstorm keywords for your core concepts,
  • find some basic background information on individual concepts (and more keywords!),
  • start searching for articles/data on your problem and solution,
  • then refine your problem and solution to be specific, real, and something you can complete in one semester.

These steps are outlined in the next pages...

Picking Your Topic IS Research

Research is a Process

Research Question to Thesis Statement

Your research question will lead to your thesis statement.  It will direct your research and your paper.  Research questions are open-ended (can't be answered with a yes or no).

  • Research question: Do comedic news channels increase or decrease the incidences of fake news sharing?

Your thesis statement is the claim you're making in your paper based on the answers you find to your research question.

  • Thesis statement: Because they have funny and eye-catching headlines, comedic news sources increase the incidences of fake news sharing.

Research Process

Research Process from choosing a topic to writing