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Research as a Conversation: Choosing a Conversation Group

More Than One!

   Look for scholars with
   different perspectives
   on your topic!

Scholars & Students

Choose a Conversation Group
with Scholars & Students
Who Discuss the Topic

What Is a Scholar?

1. Scholars study other scholars.

Scholarly vs. Popular

2. Scholars study primary material.

Primary vs. Secondary

3. Scholars are current.

Current vs. Dates

4. Scholars are unbiased - or at least they try to be!

Accurate (objective) vs. Biased (subjective)

Find out about their biases & background

Who Is a Scholar?

A scholar is a person who has done advanced study in a special field.
Merriam Webster Collegiate Dictionary, 11th ed. Springfield, MA: Merriam Webster, 2008

1. Taught by other scholars. 

2. Graduated from schools with good reputations for


3. Writes high quality articles or gives good lectures.

Which Scholars?

Scholars refer to other scholars in their writing and speaking.

Therefore, find who they each refer to and you have your discussion group!