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.
Use brainstorming to come up with key words that will help you expand your search. Put your topic in the center of a blank piece of paper, and draw connections to related topics, both more general and more specific, as well as synonyms for all of your terms. A mindmap can often be a good way to start thinking of terms and subtopics:
Online tools for creating mind maps:
You can get ideas for research projects from:
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