The list below includes topics that are connected with Dawn. You can choose from this list or come up with your own topic from the book or other course texts.
Remember that many of these topics will need to be narrowed down significantly in order to work well for your research poster. Focus on a "real life" topic (not alien abduction, for example).
|Societal Issues||Science & Medical Issues|
|Gender Roles / Identity||Genetic modification / engineering|
|Xenophobia||Bioethics (cloning, "designer" babies)|
|Homophobia||Cancer and regeneration|
|Feminism / Womanism||Language acquisition|
|Human Rights Issues||Memory|
|Solitary confinement / incarceration||Stockholm syndrome|
|Medical experimentation||Environmentalism / Conservation|
|Mutiny / rebellion||Biodiversity|
|Group dynamics||Interracial Relationships / families|
|Social hierarchy / social stratification||Polyamory / non-monogamous relationships|
Have a general idea for a topic, but still need to narrow it down? These databases can help you to familiarize yourself with a topic, refine your topic or build a set of search terms to use in other library databases.
1. Brainstorm keywords, related terms and synonyms. Examples:
2. Use AND to focus your search on a smaller result set. Examples:
3. Use OR to link synonyms and gain a larger result set. Examples:
4. Put quotations around your terms for exact searches
Examples: "gene editing"
The keywords you come up with represent the concepts and themes you're exploring. You can incorporate keywords into a research question, and as you explore your topic in more depth, you can turn that question into a hypothesis. You will (hopefully!) answer the question by reading the sources you locate while conducting research, and that eventually becomes your thesis statement.