A great idea for a topic can come from many places. Here are some possible places to start:
Before you develop your research topic or question, you'll need to do some background research first.
Some good places to find background information:
When you're ready, move on to refining your topic.
Now that you've done some background research, it's time to narrow your topic. Remember: the shorter your final paper, the narrower your topic needs to be. Here are some suggestions for narrowing and defining your topic:
Describe and develop your topic in some detail. Try filling in the blanks in the following sentence, as much as you can:
I want to research ______(what/who)
Many people use the terms research topic and research question interchangeably. But there is an important difference:
A research topic is a subject that you are interested in investigating. For instance, flu shots or vaccines are topics.
A research question drives your investigation. It is something that you want to know about your topic; something you will explore and try to answer. For example, "Does a delayed distribution timeline for childhood vaccines increase the likelihood that a child will contract a vaccine-preventable illness in the United States?" is a research question.