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A Do-It-Yourself guide for research

Choosing a topic

TIPS

  • 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.

Moving from topic to thesis

TIPS

Once you have a topic, you need to turn it into a research question.

  • 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)