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English Composition 131C: Medical Narratives

Developing Research Questions & Creating Keywords

Please complete the module by Sunday, October 27. It should take about 20-30 minutes to complete.

During the concept/topic mapping exercise, think about what you've written so far for your narrative and begin pulling out central topics that you might be able to research. For example, if you were writing a narrative about a specific cancer, you might begin with that topic in your center bubble and then begin asking questions, some of which might be more relevant to your narrative than others: how common is this type of cancer, who is most likely to get it (gender, race, socio-economic status, geographic location, etc.), what might cause it, what social and political contexts are relevant, how is the research funded, what research is funded, who are the research participants, etc. 

At the end of the online module, click “Export Text” to save a Word Document of your responses. You’re welcome to continue to make edits or additions in the document, but make sure to send a copy to Matthew Johnson, our librarian, at