When selecting a topic for your research, ask yourself the following questions:
Watch this Credo Learning Tools video on How to Select a Topic which is an essential foundational step of the research process. The other videos listed on the Credo Research Quick Tips page from the How to Select a Topic video could also be helpful. Take your time viewing those resources.
When you need to broaden or narrow down your topic, ask yourself:
|5 Ws||Question to Ask||Explanation|
|Who?||Who am I researching?||Consider age, gender, profession, ethnicity, humans vs. animals vs. corporations, etc.|
|What?||What am I researching?||Consider potential causes and effects, trends, statistics, problems, etc.|
|When?||What time period am I interested in?||Consider when the topic became significant, century vs. specific dates, historical vs. current data, etc.|
|Where?||Where is my research topic taking place?||Consider country, state, city, urban vs. rural, environments like prisons vs. college towns, etc.|
|Why?||Why does my research matter?||Consider what makes it important to you, to your colleagues and peers, to your community, to the world, etc.|
When you need to develop a research question, you want to ask yourself: what do you want to know about a topic? Additionally, you'll want to determine use the 5 Ws shown in the table above.
Try these steps to formulate a research question:
Check out these links and the video below for more information: