|Arrows pointing down to narrower and narrower topics||Questions to Ask||Sources to Use|
|Narrower topic||Who? Can you identify a person or group of people that are involved in your research topic?||I am interested in how artists portray el Día de los Muertos||Background and reference sources|
|Even narrower topic||What? What is the key idea of your topic? What are the sub-topics?||I am interested in the use of images in el Día de los Muertos traditions||Books containing overviews (aka General Histories)|
|Narrow and specific topic||When? Is time an important factor in your topic? Do you need current or historical research?||I am interested in the origins of the portrayal of la Catrina||Scholarly Journal Articles|
|Even more ore narrow and specific topic||Where? Is geography important to your research topic? Can you find information on a region or do you need information about one specific place?||(Mexico)||News and other Primary Sources|
How does José Guadalupe Posada initial portrayal of lower-class women in Mexico through la Catrina imagery connect to contemporary traditions for el Día de los Muertos?""
Taking on a research process can be daunting, confusing, and sometimes frustrating. But it can also be fun and rewarding!
Where do I start?
Follow the tabs of the guide from left to right to learn how to carry out important steps of a research process.
|Journal articles detailing original research||Books (except fiction & autobiographies)|
|Newspaper articles written at the time||Histories|
|Oral & video recordings||Journal articles (depending on the discipline these can be primary)|
|Original documents (e.g., birth certificate, trial transcripts)||Literature Reviews|
|Photgraphs||Magazine and Newspaper Articles (this distinction varies by discipline)|
|Records of organizations, government agencies (e.g., annual report, treaty, constitution)|
|Survey Research (e.g., market surveys, public opinion polls)|
|Works of art, architecture, literature, and music)|
|Data, Statistics, etc.||
|research projects, methodology, and theory||Contents||personalities, news, and general interest articles|
|subject experts||Authors||journalists and generalists|
|academic institutions||Affiliation||staff or freelance writers|
|highly focused, geared towards researchers and professionals||Topics||more generalized, geared towards nonprofessionals|
|peer-reviewed (usually)||Review Process||edited but not peer-reviewed|
|many have dull covers||Appearance||glossy, eye-catching covers|
|few or none||Advertisements||many|
|Journal of Food Science, Urban Studies, Journal of Applied Psychology, Annals of Human Genetics||Examples||People, New York Times, Psychology Today, Time|
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