You have a research project !
Step 1: Topic Selection
Choosing your topic is one of the most important steps of your research assignment.
Explore your Research Ideas
First check the assignment requirements. Make sure you can meet those requirements with the topic you pick.
Then Ask yourself
Is my topic researchable?
What am I interested in?
What do I need to learn?
Do I know enough about my topic?
Where do I find information about my topic?
Write Down All of Your Ideas
Use one of these activities to help
Listing: List all the ideas for your research assignment. Good and Bad: write everything! Group similar words together, add ideas.
Freewriting: Write nonstop for 10 minutes. Review your writing and highlight useful information.
Clustering or Mind Map: Write a brief explanation or Ask a question. Circle main concepts. Draw three or more lines and add corresponding ideas.
Questioning: Write out: “Who? What? When? Where? Why? How?” then write your answers for each.
Step 2: Do Some Background Research
Remember this is a dynamic process so your research question and scope will adjust to the information you begin to gather.
Find & learn:
This is only a starting point. You will follow-up by verifying with other credible sources and experts.
Gather information to inform your topic:
Try these databases:
North Carolina Sate University Libraries created a video to explain the importance of finding background information for your topic.
Step 3: Consider the Scope of Your Topic
You want a research topic that is not too broad or too narrow, but just right.
It may take many attempts, updates and changes. That’s part of the research process.
Finding too much information? Your topic may be too broad and you may need to make it more specific. Consider limiting using one or more of the following aspects:
Can't find enough information? If you find that you can't find enough evidence for your topic, you might want to broaden it by considering:
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