Use the Craft of Research to help you conceptualize and work through the process of developing your research project. Chapters 3: From Topics to Questions will guide you throught the process of asking questions to channel your ideas until you arrive at the burning question that you want to answer. Chapter 4: From Questions to a Problem will help you channel your questions into a hypothesis that will give your research project direction.
Decide a topic:
Culture, history, philosophy, religions, and social structure from earliest times to 1800. (how do you propose a topic base on primary document?)
What kind of a paper? Develop a research question.
Is your research paper a report on a topic or a unique contribution to or viewpoint on a field of knowledge. What is the argument you want to make?
Parts to consider:
You may want to add an “Abstract” and a “Conclusions”
I. Primary sources enable the researcher to get as close as possible to what actually happened during an historical event or time period. A primary source reflects the individual viewpoint of a participant or observer.
II. Secondary Sources
Secondary sources provide interpretation and analysis of primary sources.
Research Guides: Primary and secondary sources (Ithaca College Library)
Primary, secondary and tertiary sources (PDF file by Jana Krentz)
Selecting the right resource, database, or web site to begin the process of collecting research materials can be daunting, especially in light of the number of formats available today.
Sometimes, just discussing your research project may be helpful. Beside the Business School faculty, I want to stress again that I am available for consultation at any time during the research process!
What if KU doesn't have the book or article that you need?
There are several tips I want to offer you that should prove useful to you in the future.
Organizing your research materials:
Writing your research papers: