Brainstorm by identifying your area of interest. Determine your topic by focusing on related subjects or components.
Narrow your topic by first formulating a research question. The answers to your research question will become your thesis statement.
Write descriptions of topics to get a better understanding of your topic as a whole.
Use a concept map to make connections between ideas and keywords.
Finding too many resources? Your topic may be too broad.
Not finding enough resources? Your topic may be too narrow.
Ask the reporter questions Who, What, Why, Where, and How?
Look at your topic and ask "So What?"
What really bothers you about your topic?
What makes you say "Wow!" when you think about your topic
Answering these questions will help you develop your topic into a research question (i.e. thesis)