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Counseling and Student Personnel

A guide identifing basic resources to consult when conducting research in the fields of mental health, community, and school counseling as well as college student affairs.


Developing a Preliminary Research: A Checklist

Does the research question take into account or reflect:

  • The evolutionary history or historical backdrop for the subject or topic being studies? (identify and study the history)
  • The acknowledgement and discussion of differing definitions for terminoloty related to the subject or topic being explored (identify and explore the different uses of terms)
  • The generally accepted concepts, principles, and theories related to the subject or topic drawn upon to inform and direct the research (identify and draw upon established concepts, principles, and theories)
  • The current discourse or debates within the discipline, as well as recent and ongoing research related to the subject or topic being analyzed (identify and analyze current discourse and debates)
  • The identification of "missing links" or disparities in previous research related to the subject or topic being discussed (identify and discuss "missing links" or disparities)
  • The formulation of a logical justification establishing the significance of the proposed research (identify and provide a rationale and evidence for why)

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