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PSYC 206: Introduction to Critical Thinking and Research Design - Young: Research Planning

Step 1: Search Terms from Research Question

Identify research material that interest you, and propose your own idea for a study.
Make minor changes to a study, design a study based on "future directions" suggested by a published author, or propose a design entirelu dissimilar to anything you're read.

Example topic of interest:
The Bystander Effect  and...

Step 2.1: Get Background Information


  • Overview   -   Gain a broad understanding of your topic
  • Definitions - Be an informed reader
  • Notable Names - Know the major players
  • Dates & Events - Contextualize your topic
  • Bibliographies - Fish those citations!

 General Encyclopedias

Step 3: Gather More Search Terms

Build a list of keywords and synonyms


 "Bystander Effect" • "Bystander Apathy" 
Computers • Online •  Cyber Digital
"Future Research" • "Proposed Research"
Methods Methodology


Research Tip: Use a Concept Map to Brainstorm

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Option #2: