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Research Process: Finding a Research Topic

an introduction to the research process at a very basic level

Finding a Research Topic

Finding a research topic that is interesting, important and feasible may take significant effort so you should be prepared to invest your time accordingly. Considering your choices, doing some background work on each choice, and ultimately settling on a topic that is appropriate will prevent you from the frustrations that come from attempting research on a topic.

When searching for a research topic you will need to be able to find enough information about your topic in a book or scholarly journal.

If you only find information about your topic in current news sources (newspapers, magazines, etc.) then the topic might be too new to have a large amount of published scholarly information. If this is the case, you may want to reconsider the topic.

So how do you find a research topic? Unluckily, there’s no directory of topics that you can pick from, but there are a few techniques that can help you discover relevant and manageable topic.

The sub-pages in this section provide various tips for where and how to locate resources to develop your research topic.