STEPS IN CHOOSING A GOOD RESEARCH PROJECT TOPICS
Over the years many students have been having issues in choosing a good topic for their research work due to numbers of project topic online, meanwhile in this post I am going to highlight 3 ways to choose a good project topic.
Here are some things to consider:
1) Make sure your research project topic meets the assignment requirements. Read it closely. Ask your professor for feedback if you are unsure.
2) Choose a project topic that is interesting to you. It may seem obvious, but this will make the research process more fun and engaging for you.
3) Consider the scope of your topic. If your topic is too broad it may be hard to find information that is focused and relevant; if your topic is too narrow it may be hard to find any information at all
Here’s one strategy for developing many research topics once you have a broad topic in mind:
- Background research will help you develop your topic and hone or change it in more appropriate ways. Though this seems like extra work, it is actually a vital, time-saving step. Knowing more about your topic’s background can only help you develop a more effective topic, and therefore, research paper.
- Brainstorm concepts. Once you think of a broad topic that interests you, try to brainstorm all of the words or concepts you can that might be related to that topic. For example, if your topic is “polar bears,” you might think of the following words and topics in association: ice, cubs, pollution, hunting, diet, climate change, and environmental icon. It may help to write this process down.
- Develop a research question. Once you have come up with a broad topic and done some background research, you may want to develop a research question, or a question you’re going to answer in your paper by doing more, in-depth research.
- What’s your general approach to the topic? Think about some general approaches that may help you further develop your topic: use a historical angle by focusing on a particular time period; a geographical angle, focusing on a particular part of the world; or a sociological angle, focusing on a particular group of people.
- Start doing some exploratory, in-depth research. As you do more in-depth research, like looking for scholarly articles, books, and other sources to include in your paper, you can and probably will modify or refine your topic based on what you find.
- Research is a dynamic process. Don’t be afraid to discover new things and modify or refine your topic.
The topic development process will help you to develop your thesis, which is essentially your proposed answer to your research question. You will then be ready to use the sources you’ve found, and find more sources in order to support that thesis, or to answer your research question.
Here’s an example of 3 ways to choose project topic development process which can lead you to a thesis:
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