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CMCI 1010: Concepts & Creativity: Developing & Questioning

CMCI Concepts & Creativity, CMCI1010

Topic Exploration

Below is a list of general topics for the course.  Use these google, twitter, and CQ researcher search tips to uncover which topic is most compelling to you. 

  • Gender roles and gender equity between men and women
  • Civil rights for GLBTQ people
  • Race in America
  • Native American issues
  • Issues facing rural and mountain populations
  • Religious freedoms
  • Immigration and immigration reform
  • Economic opportunity and income inequalities
  • Prison reform
  • Guns (including policies for guns on college campuses)
  • Water and other environmental issues (including fracking and electronic waste)
  • Food and health issues
  • Mental health and depression
  • Issues of economics, race, and/or sexuality in sports
  • Issues tied to U.S. politics, 2017

Google Search Tips:

Phrase and exact word searches with quotes.

"black lives matter"

Eliminate words or sites you do not want.


Find pages that are related to or link to specific pages.


Find information about a site.


Limit to site domains.

Use OR to search synonyms or like terms.

(racism or discrimination)

Use search tools to limit by date or type of result.




Words in search box

Locate tweets containing exact phrases: “Twitter search”
Locate tweets containing multiple words: "Twitter" and "search"
Locate tweets containinany of the words: “Twitter” or “search”
Locate tweets excluding specific words:“Twitter” but not “search”
Locate tweets containina specific hashtag: #twitter

Dates filter

Use the calendar dropdown to select a “from” date, “to” date or both

Tweets sent before a specific date, after a specific date or within a date range

Search for Tweets from any date since the first public Tweet

Locate Tweets by People

Locate tweets  from a specific account: Tweeted by “@TwitterComms”
Locate tweets sent as replies to a specific account: in reply to “@TwitterComms”
Locate tweets that mention a specific account: Tweet includes “@TwitterComms”

Locate Tweets by Place

Use the place dropdown to select the geographic location

Tweets sent from a geographic location, e.g. a specific city, state, country

Use filter options to limit results. 

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Background Reading and Question Formulation

As you read the content you find, try answering a few core questions.


Does the issue actually exist, and if so, what are the facts of it?  

  • Did something happen? Where? Who?
  • Is there a problem or issue?
  • How did it begin? Can you identify causes?
  • What changed?


What is the meaning or nature of the issue?  

  • What are the characteristics that define the issue? Social, cultural, political, economic.
  • What type of issue is it?
  • What are the component parts of the issue?


What is the quality of the issue? Was it just or unjust?  

  • Does the issue have positive implications? negative implications?
  • Who does the issue impact? Who cares about the issue?
  • What are potential outcomes or results of the issue?
  • What would be required to solve or change the issue?


What is the policy or action that should take place because of the issue?  

  • Who should be engaged in taking action?
  • What are potential or proposed actions?
  • What would be required to make action feasible?
  • What are the first steps?

Adapted from BYU Stasis Theory

It is also worth noting your responses to the following questions:

  1. Did you notice any reoccurring terms or language?
  2. Did you notice key people, events, or controversies?
  3. Did your readings cite any promising sources you might look up?
  4. Did you notice key concepts or theories?

Here are twenty questions or "thought starters" that present ways of observing or thinking about your topic [Adapted from OWL at Purdue.]

  • What does X mean?  
  • What are the various features of X?  
  • What are the component parts of X?  
  • How is X made or done?  
  • How should X be made or done? 
  • What is the essential function of X?  
  • What are the causes of X? 
  • What are the consequences of X?  
  • What are the types of X? 
  • How is X like or unlike Y?  
  • What is the present status of X?  
  • What is the significance of X?  
  • What are the facts about X? 
  • How did X happen?  
  • What kind of person is X?  
  • What is my personal response to X?  
  • What is my memory of X?  
  • What is the value of X? 
  • What are the essential major points or features of X?  
  • What case can be made for or against X?  
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