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Start Your Research with These Four Steps

  1. Acknowledge assumptions and biases. 
  2. Gather preliminary information to help you get more acquainted with your topic (background information). 
  3. Consider what ideas you want to explore more deeply.
  4. Formulate an open ended research question that leaves you lots of room for discovery. 

Excerpted from Framing a Problem by Credo Reference

Researching Conflict Resolution

Because Conflict Resolution is a field that overlaps with many other disciplines, there is no one database that covers all of its literature. The best way to pursue your research a topic is to consider which field concerns itself with your research question. Does it relate to educational settings, business mediation, interpersonal conflict, international conflict, or another area? Consider which fields would have researchers writing about your topic and then explore the databases and other research tools that relate to those fields.

Here are some examples:

 Research or project topic  Fields where researchers might be exploring this topic     
 Bullying prevention in middle schools  Education
 How people in a group or non-profit communicate       Psychology, Sociology, Business, Communications
 Conflict resolution in marriages  Psychology
 Restorative justice   

 Political science, Criminal Justice, Sociology


 Hawai'i or Native Hawaiian Topics                              

 Cultural Studies, History (Humanities fields)