When selecting a topic for your research, ask yourself the following questions:
Will it sustain my interest?
Am I choosing a topic because it seems easy or my friends are doing it?
Does it fit the parameters of my assignment?
How much time do I have and how long does the assignment need to be?
Is credible information on this topic readily available?
Watch this Credo Learning Tools video on How to Select a Topic This link opens in a new window 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.
Narrowing Down or Broadening your Topic
When you need to broaden or narrow down your topic, ask yourself:
Who am I researching?
Consider age, gender, profession, ethnicity, humans vs. animals vs. corporations, etc.
What am I researching?
Consider potential causes and effects, trends, statistics, problems, etc.
What time period am I interested in?
Consider when the topic became significant, century vs. specific dates, historical vs. current data, etc.
Where is my research topic taking place?
Consider country, state, city, urban vs. rural, environments like prisons vs. college towns, etc.
Why does my research matter?
Consider what makes it important to you, to your colleagues and peers, to your community, to the world, etc.