Define Your Research Topic

Exercise




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Developing a viable research topic requires some critical thinking skills. When defining your topic, it is helpful to consider the following:

  • State your topic as a question

  • Identify concepts

  • If needed, narrow or broaden your topic

If you like, print this page and use it help you formulate your questions.

  1. Formulate two or three questions on your topic:

    1. _____________________________.

    2. _____________________________.

    3. _____________________________.


  2. Choose one of your questions and pick out two or three significant words:

    1. ___________.

    2. ___________.

    3. ___________.

Now list synonyms and related concepts for your topic:

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Now try to create more focused or narrower questions by using some of the additional terms from the list you created:

    1. _____________________________.

    2. _____________________________.

    3. _____________________________.