When selecting a topic for your research, ask yourself the following questions:
Check out Choose a Research Topic from the University of California Santa Cruz Library for more help:
When you need to broaden or narrow down your topic, ask yourself:
Who am I researching?
What am I researching?
What time period am I interested in?
Where is my research topic taking place?
Why does my research matter?
A mind map is a visual representation of your issue or topic. It is a tool which is used to visualize ideas and opportunities for broadening or narrowing down search topics. Click here for more information on mind mapping.
There are a number of free brainstorming and mind mapping tools available online like Bubbl.us and Popplet. Alternatively, try the mind map available via Credo Reference (click "Mind Map" on the Credo Reference homepage):