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Step 1. Choose a Topic
Choosing an interesting research topic can be challenging. This video tutorial will help you select and properly scope your topic by employing questioning, free writing, and mind mapping techniques so that you can formulate a research question.
Good Sources for Finding a Topic
CQ Researcher This link opens in a new window
Browse the "hot topics" on the right hand side for inspiration.
Tips for Choosing a Topic
- Choose a topic that interests you!
- Pick a manageable topic, not too broad, not too narrow. Reading background info can help you choose and limit the scope of your topic.
- Review lecture notes and class readings for ideas.
- Check with your instructor to make sure your topic fits with the assignment.
Picking your topic IS research!
Developing a Research Question Worksheet
Mind Mapping Tools
Mind mapping, a visual form of brainstorming, is an effective technique for developing a topic. Here are some free tools to create mind maps.
Free account allows you to save 3 mind maps, download as image or HTML, and share with others.
Sign in with your Google account to create maps that you can download as PDF or PNG or share with others.