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RELG 261: Religion in America (Ko)

Overview of LCCC library resources in the subject area of religion. It will be especially useful to Religion 261 students.

Narrow Your Research

Once you have the topic you would like to research, the next step is forming your research question. Your research question should be focused and specific.  The result should also be a question for which there are two or more possible answers. See some examples below:

Broad Topic >  Narrowed Topic > Focused Topic > Research Question
Women's health Women & cancer Women smokers & breast cancer Is there a connection between cigarette smoking
and breast cancer risk?
Computer games Computer game violence Computer game violence & children How does violence in computer games affect children?
Eating disorders Teens & eating disorders Teen peer pressure & bulimia

What role, if any, does peer pressure play in the
development of bulimia in teens?

Limit Your Topic

A topic will be very difficult to research if it is too broad or narrow. One way to narrow a broad topic is to assign limits to what you will cover. Some common ways to limit a topic are listed below using the broad topic, "the environment" as an example.

Limiter Example
geographical area What environmental issues are most important in the Southwestern United States
culture How does the environment fit into the Navajo world view?
time frame What are the most prominent environmental issues of the last 10 years?
discipline How does environmental awareness effect business practices today?
population group What are the effects of air pollution on senior citizens?
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