A research question is useful for guiding the rest of your research process, but it can change as you learn more about your topic. Start with a question you are curious about or a topic that your professor assigns to you. Think about what really interests you about that issue. Ask the following questions to help articulate your research question:
Now that you have thought about these questions, you should try to write out your research question and include as many of these details as possible.
You can get ideas for research projects from:
Click the link below for more information about the process of inquiry.
The news can be a great source of ideas for research topics, background information, and cultural context. Below are some links to news sites. Be aware that some news sites require you to pay for access. If you hit a paywall, try searching for a subscription through the library's E-Journals Search on our home page.
Using your research question, identify the main concepts that are involved. Try to avoid general words like 'impact' or 'effect' because they are going to appear in all sorts of writings from many different fields. Stick to concepts unique to your research question. These concepts can be translated into keywords for searching.
Use the link below to learn more about how to develop strong search terms.