Your paper has 6 components:
1. Select a topic related to social stratification (income, housing, food, health care, education, criminal justice).
2. Find at least 2 sources of data that describe the distribution of the social resource(s) in question. Consider data that represents different units of analysis.
3. Review literature that bridges the gap between academic research and policy recommendations. This should include recognition of the theoretical frameworks upon which these recommendations are based.
4. Summarize at least 2 positions with respect to policy recommendations addressing the issue you have selected.
5. Develop a proposal for recommending the policies you think are most appropriate for addressing your issue.
6. Address why your proposal is not already policy.
(Adapted from the SOC324 syllabus)
Research can take several days, even weeks, to complete and if you can't remember what you've already done, you can find yourself repeating steps you've already taken. You don't want to feel like you're always starting over!!
A research log can help you remember where you have looked before and where you need to look. Feel free to print this document out as many times as you need, or save a copy on your computer and use it electronically.
This is just one example of a research log, as you develop your own skills and ways of collecting data, you'll likely develop your own log.