It Starts With an Idea...
Choose a topic that you're interested in
Research is more fun and more relevant to your life if you care about what you're learning.
Keep it relevant
Read the assignment and make sure the topic you choose meets your instructor's requirements.
Find the question
A good topic starts as a research question. The research you conduct in the Library will give you the information you need to answer that question. See below to learn more about research questions.
Where to find ideas...
Library resources to help you get started
Research Question: What are you trying to find out? Your research question reflects the main idea of your paper or assignment. It will guide every step of your research. The research you conduct is your attempt to answer this question.
Be aware: Your research question may change as you conduct research. That's OK! Opinions and arguments change as you learn more about your topic, and your research question should evolve to reflect this deeper understanding.
This helpful video from North Carolina State University Libraries link will open in a new windowwindow will give you some more information about how Choosing a Topic fits into the larger research process, and why it's so important!