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ENVS 101: Case Studies in Environmental Issues (HC)

Environmental Studies 101: Case Studies in Environmental Issues: Concepts, Contexts, & Conundrums (Wilson and Evans) Fall 2020

Transform a broad topic into a research question

A research question centers and directs your research and ensures focus in your paper or project. ‚Äč

  • Start with a broad topic (e.g. microplastics pollution)
  • Google your topic to gather basic knowledge and vocabulary
  • Make a detailed concept map (see below)
  • Choose one aspect from your concept map
  • Frame it as an arguable question
    • How? What? Why?
    • Not too broad, not too narrow
    • Use specifics
    • e.g. What is the effect of marine microplastics pollution on the food chain?