--Review your course materials and textbook
--Talk to your instructor or classmates
--a general understanding of your topic
--how much and what type of research is available
--what about that topic specifically interests you
--Apply a particular theory
--Focus on a particular time period
--Focus on a certain population group
--Focus on a particular geographic location
Now that you have narrowed your topic, you need to shape it into a research question!
Research questions often begin with who, what, where, when, why, how, could, or should.
Good research questions are:
1. Debatable: Your question should not have a commonly agreed-upon answer, be easily answered with a reference source, or be answerable with a simple yes or no.
2. Researchable: There needs to be adequate evidence available both in support of and opposed to your argument.
3. Focused: If entire books have been written on your question or if you are overwhelmed by the amount of information available, your question might be too broad. However, if you are having trouble finding information, your question might be too narrow.
Watch this brief video from Laurier Library to learn how to turn a narrowed topic into a research question.
Laurier Library. (2017, December 20). Developing a research question [Video]. YouTube.
If you are still struggling with turning your topic into a research question, check out these resources for more guidance: