1. Describe your research topic.
Think of a statement or even a question that describes your topic or issue. What is the scope of your topic?
- Time span
- Subject area or subtopic
- Specific group
- Specific event
- Specific individuals
Does your topic or issue have broader implications?
2. Critically think about your issue and ask questions.
- Who is affected?
- What are the implications? What are the treatment options?
- When did onset occur? Is there a timeline? Under what conditions?
- Where is the problem localized or is it widespread?
- How did this come to be? How can it be treated?and of course, always ask Why?
3. When beginning your research think of the following:
- What do you already know about your topic or issue?
- What do you need to know in order to better understand your topic or issue?
- How you would find the information needed to resolve your issue.
4. Consider your audience.
- Why would your topic be of interest to them?
- What will be new to them?
- What level of expertise will your readers have?