Methods in Global Studies

Course #: GS202

The Research Proposal Assignment that Dr. Gibbings has given you is a really interesting one, and gives you good practice preparing a grant application.

Part I of the assignment (Due Feb 5th) involves submitting an outline of your proposal which includes a one-page section describing your research question and the objectives of your research. You will need to find five peer-reviewed articles on your topic and read them thoroughly. Part I needs to include a three or four page literature review (what do those five articles say?) on your topic, which often is more difficult to do than you might think. I use a template to help me find good resources by using a searching method that is tried and true. You can view the online version of my method here, and though the example is for sociology, it does work well for Global Studies too.

If you are finding it hard to get good peer-reviewed articles on your topic, PLEASE book an appointment with me- I can help (and save you lots of time)!

I will be holding drop-in classes in L3-314 (the Library Instruction Room) at the following dates and times:

  • Tuesday Jan 24 4:30 pm (4:30 pm to 5:30 pm)
  • Wednesday Jan 25 (4:30 pm to 5:30 pm)
  • Thursday Jan 26 (noon to 1 pm), (4:30 pm to 5:30 pm)
  • Friday Jan 27 (4 pm - 5 pm)
  • Tuesday Jan 31 (3:30 pm - 4:30 pm)
  • Thursday Feb 2 (4:30 pm - 5:30 pm)

Please make sure you come at the beginning of the class - it will be cancelled if no students attend in the first 15 minutes.

Part of the challenge of finding good resources is understanding that peer-reviewed articles are those that renowned experts have reviewed and endorsed as `good quality research`. As a result, anytime you do research it`s best to go directly to peer-reviewed, scholarly or refereed articles as sources (all these mean the same thing).

Here are some tutorials that might help:

For Part I, you'll want also to include answers to the following questions;

  • Which theoretical framework did I use to develop my research question?
  • How will my research differ from what others have done in the same field?
  • What other theories might influence how I approach this research question?

Don't forget- I'm here to help you!