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PHIL 450: Philosophy of Disability

Narrowing Down your Research question in class activity

We will work on narrowing down some research questions. Make a copy of this worksheet. First, you will work on your own to answer question 1 and fill out the chart with your answers. Then you will work with a partner to discuss what you put in your chart and get some feedback from them. As you are chatting with each other, note the feedback you are receiving. Reflect on this feedback and answer question 4 on the worksheet to plan your next steps. 

If you get stuck on figuring out a topic to focus your research question on, use any of the tertiary sources in the class and linked below. 

Why should I use tertiary sources?

You might be wondering why a PHIL 450 student would consult tertiary sources such as subject encyclopedias. The quick answer is that it can't hurt to make sure you have a good sense of how your research question fits in with other scholarly research that has been done. The resources listed on this page are of particular value to Philosophy students, as definitions and overviews found in general works may not always fit the philosophical meaning or lens.

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

SEP logoThe Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy is a dynamic, online scholarly encyclopedia in which entries are kept up to date by an expert or groups of experts in the field.

Pay close attention to the very helpful bibliographies at the end of each entry for further exploration! Consulting a bibliography is an efficient way to make sure you know who the scholars are who've been working on your topic. 

Tertiary Sources for Philosophy

Philosophy Compass

Subject Encyclopedias for Disability

Online Reference Collections