Setting Up Your Research 1
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Setting Up Your Research
Respond to the following exercises from Chapter One of The Literature Review in 150
words each exercise. For the Additional Question, record the research and null
hypotheses for your project.
Additional Question: What are your research and null hypotheses? (Social Media
causes depression)

Exercise 1.1: Discovering the Subject of Your Interest or Issue of Inquiry
1. What is your personal interest or issue?
2. What are the component parts of this interest?
3. Why did you become curious about this question?

Exercise 1.2: Understanding the Personal Viewpoint
1. What previous knowledge do you have about your interest?
2. What personal experience do you have that influences you about this issue or
3. What are your beliefs, biases, and opinions about this interest or issue?
4. What predisposes you to certain conclusions about the issue or con- cern of
5. How will you identify and isolate your personal bias, opinion, feelings, and
intuition to preserve your neutral position as a researcher?

Exercise 1.3: Selecting the Focus of Your Study
1. Clearly identify the focus of the study interest.
2. Are you looking at individuals, groups, or organizations?
3. Specifically name the individuals, groups, or organizations that you plan to

Exercise 1.5: Developing Your Interest Statement
1. What is your specific research interest?
a. The interest, issue, or concern of my research is (answer in seven sentences).
b. Cross out the two least important sentences without changing the key idea.
c. Cross out any words or phrases that can be removed without changing the
d. Reduce your remaining draft to three sentences.
e. Be sure your final three sentences identify the subject (What are you
studying?), perspective (How are you looking at it?), and vantage point (What
academic field will you use?).
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