Research is NOT about the gathering of information.
Instead, a research paper seeks to use data from various resources to ANSWER A QUESTION or SOLVE A PROBLEM.
In this section we suggest ways to get you started with finding a topic and developing a research question.
For your research paper it's important that you find a controversy that can become a research question.
Consider the following sources of information when looking for topics:
Once you have chosen a topic area which interests you, it's time to start thinking about how to narrow down your topic and developing a suitable research question.
What's the best way of going about this?
Here are some pointers for developing a good research question:
A research question:
Try to make your research question as analytical as you can. Here are some useful points to remember:
For more information refer to our featured resource (specifically chapter 2):
Use the following template to help you formulate a research question suitable for your paper.
Next, check with your professor for research go-ahead!
Use this template to help guide and develop a plan for your research topic.