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Video instructions and help with filling out and completing Form 8815 Topic

Instructions and Help about Form 8815 Topic

Meet Jenny Jenny has a research project due in a few days she picked a topic when her professor first assigned the project she chose her favorite TV show bridezillas it seemed like a good idea but now that she's doing her research she's having a lot of trouble finding sources she's freaking out Jenny's problems started with her mental model of the research process which she sees as a one-way street like many students Jenny thinks that once a project is assigned she should pick her topic right away then she can move on to finding sources and reading through them and once she has all her sources she can start writing her paper but the research process is a lot messier than that and picking your topic is intertwined with finding and reading sources and writing and editing your paper picking your topic is research when you first pick a research topic it isn't set in stone it's just an idea that you test with some exploratory research if it looks good you find and read some more sources at this point you might find that the published research leads you away from your original topic that's okay you can let the research you find guide you and tweak your topic a bit and by the time you've gone through this cycle of you times you may find that you have enough sources to start writing and editing your paper even then as you're writing you may find that you need to pull in additional pieces of information and you may return to the research cycle so let's wind back the clock for Jenny bringing her back to the day her professor assigned this project and allow her to do it again with this research model again Jenny picks a topic that is interesting to her the reality TV show bridezillas as she tests the topic with some internet research and an article databases she discovers that there is lots written about it in the popular press but not much scholarly research which her professor requires realizing that maybe her topic is a bit too narrowly defined Jenny decides to tweak it by broadening her scope to reality TV in general but when she tests this new topic she winds up drowning in a sea of research all of which has to do with reality TV but doesn't tie together to help her former coherent thesis back at the drawing board she wonders if there's a happy medium between bridezillas which is too narrow a topic and reality TV which is too broad since bridezillas is just one of several reality TV shows about brides and weddings perhaps there's more written about this sub-genre testing this topic in some of the library's research databases yields a promising but not overwhelming number of results instead of realizing too late that her topic was unresearched any built in the time to test and tweak her topic so she could take her original idea and shape it into a topic that she still finds interesting and can realistically use for short research assignment if you want to know more about the research process or about how to pick a good topic ask a librarian for help.

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