Narrow a topic idea
You may not know right away what your research question is. Gather information on the broader topic to explore new possibilities and to help narrow your topic. Brainstorm some search terms and try likely databases to see what scholars are saying about the topic.
Consider your audience. Who would be interested in the issue?
From Topic to Research Question
After choosing a topic and gathering background information, add focus with a research question.
Write down a few exploratory questions
Determine and evaluate your research question
After you’ve come up with a question, consider the path your answer might take.
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