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Workshops: 1: Finding the Right Topic

Upcoming schedule for workshop 1 (Finding the Right Topic) (click 'Register' link below to sign up; login details sent the day before and day of the session): all Workshops are 7 to 8 pm (US EST)


  • Live sessions for this workshop are done for the semester. Please use the non-live option below.
  • [anytime] If you can't make an online live session, check out the non-live version of Research Workshop 1: Finding the Right Topic (note: involves readings, videos and an online quiz that will together take ~ 90 minutes to complete)

Workshop Description

Research Workshop 1 focuses on formulating and brainstorming a manageable topic and crafting a research question from that work.

Learning Objectives: in this workshop you will learn how to...

  • Reflect on the impact of our world views and human differences of perspective within the research process in order to approach any topic or tackle any problem with a critical and open mindset.
  • Locate a background information source and identify central concepts (or keywords) related to your topic in order to develop a narrower scope of inquiry and to set up for an effective search strategy.
  • Formulate narrower lines of inquiry or subtopics based on your initial topic, in order to choose a manageable question to address in the research paper.
  • Navigate the Online Library website in order to find the best search tool(s) for your information need and get help when needed.