How to Develop a Good Research Topic
In this article you will learn how to develop a good research topic to start out. Let’s first answer the question why it’s important to know how to develop a good research topic? Think of it this way during your time as a student and perhaps even later you will probably write a good number of research papers.
While some instructors might provide you with a list of research topics to choose from, others might not you will have to choose your own topic, so what can you write about. Well let’s first answer the question what makes a topic really good? Three things worth to mention here: first it’s a topic that strongly interests you, this is very important make sure that the topic you pick, the topic you will write about is a topic that interests you, fascinates you, that you want to talk about really. There’s nothing worse than spending a lot of time writing about a topic that bores you.
Second make sure your topic is creative. What do we mean by that? Well there are some topics that have just been written about over and over and over again. Can you come up with a topic that perhaps hasn’t been covered? That much try to pick something that is creative and exciting to you and your peers writing about Shakespeare’s dramas is great but that topic in itself has been covered extensively. Try to find something that might be a little more creative than not and third speaking of Shakespeare’s dramas, make sure you pick something that is not too broad, look at your assignment prompt.
How many pages are you supposed to write? If you get a five-page paper as an assignment well Shakespeare’s dramas are just going to be a little bit too broad, so make sure that the topic you choose fits the scope of your paper. Sometimes it can be really difficult to find a topic that is not too broad. Here are a couple of words of advice on what to do when your topic seems too broad. Say you are in an environmental science class; your teacher gives you this assignment prompt. Write a research paper on the topic dealing with a current environmental issue, your paper should not exceed 5 pages and should be based in a topic that’s strongly interests you. Well you say that’s no problem I know exactly what you’re right about I saw the show the other day on TV and it talked about the effects of deforestation on gorillas in Africa I think that’s a great topic I know it interests me and it’s creative so let’s write about it. Well not so fast, remember your paper is only supposed to be five pages.
How are you going to fit that topic into a five-page paper? That’s going to be difficult so what could you do instead the key is to add more context, for example, you could add some geographical context to your paper. Is there a geographic region or country in which gorillas are specifically affected by deforestation? Perhaps you want to focus more on a historical context is there a certain time aspect. You want to write about perhaps the time when deforestation really started to affect gorillas and third with this topic you could also add biological context. Perhaps there to a specific subspecies of the gorilla that you’re interested to write about.
When we combine all three contexts and incorporate them into the original topic this is what we get something like current effects of deforestation on the mountain gorillas in southwest Uganda we’ve ever incorporate the historical context, the biological context and the geographical context adding context truly is a great way of narrowing your topic.