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Researching a Theory

Theory: Identification and Selection

Have a theory in mind? Jump to the next section (Historical Foundations)

Don't have a theory yet... Need Help? Contact your librarian or chat with your instructor.

Rather than searching your specific topic at this point, think about your topic in broader terms. For example, what overall field is your topic within (e.g., Education, Nursing)?

Theory: Historical Foundation

Do you know how your theory developed?

Know the name of your theorist? Who else has built upon their theory?

Theories develop over time; trace your theory through its inception and development to gain an overview.

Theory: Application

How is your theory being used in research?

Who is publishing original research using your theory? How does this connect to your research?

Identifying how a theory is applied to original research can help you further understand its application in your field.