I am very confident with the resources I have so far. I have enough pieces of information from credible organizations, such as CNN or BBC. The main idea of the research is to reveal the “secrets” of chocolate: some facts or behind stories that chocolate consumers may not know. I also want to give readers a new perspective of chocolate that might change their demand for chocolate.
On the introductory phase, I focused on getting more basic knowledge about chocolate. Ingredients and making process of the chocolate were what I chose to investigate first. I assumed that this background information would make good connections with any other resources since they are what chocolates are. I believed that anything related with chocolate will also relate either with the ingredients or the processing.
As I did more research I find that there may be too big of a difference between the two secrets I am trying to reveal. Health issues focus more on sugar and social issues about Africa and its farms. I will have to be strong with my thesis and be acute in collecting right information needed from the great resources I have. Or else, the focus will be blurred with things other than chocolate.
Also, I find something very awkward: chocolate has so much difference in brands and kinds that it can have two characteristics that are completely opposite. For example, some claim chocolate to be healthy while some say that it is disastrous for health. I found that in these cases I have to clarify which type or which part of chocolate is either healthy or unhealthy.
Then another question arises: is my thesis strong enough? I looked back at my research topic. The purpose, or the argument, of this paper, was just having people know more of what they eat. I felt the need for change in the thesis. Just bullet pointing out the information will not make a good argument.
I decided to put my pieces together and see what happens. Maybe I will find a new point of view, or somehow I will find the answer. I just came to realize that this undetermined view of the topic may lead to better results, since this means I will take out all the bias on my research.
My thoughts seem to be very messed up, to be honest. Yes, my research is now pretty messed up yet. It needs some structuring, very fine and strong one, and then it needs to be organized. Although I feel this uneasiness towards this research, I feel the potential and also I am enjoying all this process.