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Sociology Research Guide

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Planning your research

Choosing a Research Topic:

Find a research topic. Your teacher may assign you a topic or you can browse through Encyclopedias, your text book or popular magazines for ideas. If you're still stumped ask your teacher for some ideas.

Limit your topic so your research is manageable

Topic: Religious beliefs and marriage 

Write your topic as a sentence

 Can people of different religious beliefs have happy marriages?

Before you search your topic think of key words 

People

Different

Religious Beliefs

Happy

Marriage

persons

varied

religions

successful

union

folks

divergent

faiths

thriving

matrimony

couples

 

 

bliss

 

intermarriage


It's tempting to just plug your search topic (Can people of different religious beliefs have happy marriages?) into Google or article databases and see what comes up. But you get a much more accurate search by coming up with a search strategy. You don't have to use ALL the key words you come up with.

First apply Boolean Logic:

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What broadens your search, what narrows it?

Using Boolean Operators to write your search string:

(people or couples) and different and (religion or faith ) and (happy or successful) and (intermarriage or marriage or union)