Deciding on a topic to research and write about can be a challenging step in the research process. Here are some ideas to help you get started.
See your paper or project as a learning experience; it’s an opportunity to learn and show what you’ve learned through research and writing, rather than studying and taking an examination.
Understand from the start that picking a topic is a research process in itself; it will take time and effort to explore your interests through reading and research. Your topic will likely develop (i.e. become more narrow and focused) as you discover new information about it.
Explore topics that you’re invested in, ones that peak your curiosity; you and your professor will find the end result much more interesting and it will result in a better grade.
Deciding on a topic is the beginning of your research, but the process includes asking questions and seeking answers about your topic. Start with some exploration and background reading.
Question Formulation Activity (revise) - Download this Word document and follow the instructions in it to get your research off to a good start.