Turn Your Topic into a Research Question
Dig into your topic to find the question
Once you've narrowed your topic to something workable, you need to restate it as a question. A question requires an answer, and research is all about the search for answers.
Here's an example:
|Broad Topic:||global warming|
|Focused Topic:||global warming and world health|
|Possible Research Questions:||How will changes in the world climate increase health risks for people worldwide?
What should the U.S. government do to prepare for an increase in climate-related diseases?
What is the role of the World Health Organization in response to increasing diseases?
Once you have a research question, break it into even smaller questions:
|How will changes in the world climate increase health risks for people worldwide?|
|What climate changes are expected?|
|What diseases are most sensitive to climate change?
|What areas of the world are most at risk?|
|What statistics are there to prove that health risks are increasing?|
|... and so forth|
You can see that research is basically a quest to find answers to the questions you are asking!
Here is the same activity as above, using the "sticky note" technique: