Browse Reference Books & Databases for Ideas
If you're stuck choosing a topic, maybe you need a little inspiration. Browsing through lists of topics and databases of topics that other people have written about can help you get unstuck.
Focusing the Topic
Researchers usually start with a broad topic and narrow it down to a more focused topic. Below are some strategies for narrowing a broad topic.
Think about questions you have about your topic. For example, if you were researching people's habits buying locally grown food, you could ask:
Consider the 4 Ws - who, what, when, and where.
Try It: 4 Ws Worksheet
Sometimes knowing more about your topic is helpful. Do some background reading to help you discover a great research question.
Here are some sources you might consider for background reading: