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SOC 497: Sociology Senior Research Seminar

Research Guide for SOC 497

Using your sources and study findings to build your study design, discussion, and conclusions

Ask yourself these questions about each of the sources you select to:

a) build a compelling narrative for your literature review and your arguments for your proposed study's importance and design

b) build convincing conclusions for your research paper and presentation using evidence and arguments about what your study results mean.

Does your source raise questions you hadn't considered or make claims that shape your thinking? -Integrate these into your arguments to develop and focus them further 

Does your source provide evidence for any of your arguments? -Integrate the relevant evidence or data into your own argument and explain its significance

Does your source take a position counter to any of your arguments? -Include these sources to strengthen your own arguments by explaining and providing evidence of why you disagree with them

What relationships do you see between your sources? -Integrate the arguments and evidence from your sources together to use them as building blocks for your own conclusions and arguments

How will you use your source to build your proposed study and research design? -What methods and assessments are used? What are the characteristics of the populations studied? How will you apply the source's theoretical positions, issues discussed, and claims to build your arguments and justifications for your own proposed study and research design?

What do your study findings tell you about your research hypothesis? -Analyze your evidence and observations to show in your Conclusion how they link to your broader hypothesis.

What do your study findings mean in the context of existing research and theoretical frameworks? -Use the evidence from your research sources in your Conclusion to make an argument about what your study findings mean.

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