These chapters in The Craft of Research went over the basics of how to frame your interest in a way that allow successful transitions from questions that you are personally interested in answering, to problems that are worth solving both for you and a greater audience, to identifying and utilizing sources that will help you assemble necessary information to address these problems. It clearly spelled out each step of the process of forming a proposal and conducting research. Often times, even if we have experience with research, it is difficult to figure out the most relevant question regarding the topic we are interested in, and these chapters give great guidelines on how to pursue this.

In scientific research, we are often already placed in a situation that narrows the scope of what we could pursue (ie. you've already chosen a specific lab, you are part of a team that focuses on one area of a broader problem, you are already fixated on an issue, you are given suggestions by your PI). This differs from our project, where we have been given free reign to choose our topic. Admittedly I've been having trouble narrowing the scope of my topic(s), and finding questions to answer that are unique (ie. the broad topics I'm considering are history of techno and its evolvement into the future, sexual violence in various countries, and some topic in neuroscience).

Also in science, the path from question to research is almost second nature. We have a question; we do a literature search on related topics and what researchers in the field have published; we come up with a series of experiments to answer the question. When it comes to research that depends more on secondary sources such as books rather than raw data that is collected by oneself, it becomes necessary to select sources wisely. I think going over the guideline questions raised in these chapters will assist significantly in the process of honing in on our topic.

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