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How do I turn my topic into a research question?

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Strategy 1:

Think about what questions you have about your topic. 

Strategy 2:

Create a concept map of your topic that consists of all of the possible aspects and angles of your topic. Here is a great video on Concept Mapping for a research paper.

Strategy 3:

Think about: 

  • Who is the specific person/group to which you would like to limit your research?
  • What specific aspect of the broad topic idea is interesting to you? What would you like to know more about? Or, what problem needs to be resolved?
  • To which specific geographic area or region would you like to limit your research?
  • On what time period would you like your research focused?
  • Why do you think this is an important/interesting topic?

Strategy 4: 

Do some background reading to help you land on a great research question. Sometimes you simply need to learn more about your topic before you can decide on a particular research question or hypothesis. Pay attention to questions that come while you are reading.

For more information see our guide, "Turning topics into research questions" 


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