Choosing a topic is the first step in the research process.
Things to consider when picking a topic:
Places to get good ideas for topics:
Make sure to write down key terms from what you find. Also save your initial search for information to use later when you are organizing your information.
Think about the assignment that you are doing a research paper for. There are lots of questions to think about when you are doing your research about your topic.
Things to consider about your assignment:
Focus your topic to make it more manageable to do research on. A broad topic will make it difficult to to do research if that topic is too broad or narrow.
Ways to narrow your topic:
ProQuest Reserach Companion has a topic aid tool that give you topic suggestions and links to overviews. There is also a search aid tool that give you suggestions for alternative search terms.
Topic Aid: https://pqrc.proquest.com/tool/topic-aid
Search Aid: https://pqrc.proquest.com/tool/search-aid