The first step of the research process is to pick a topic, but that can be difficult if you are not sure what you want to write about. After watching the video, pick a topic that meets assignment requirements and interests you, then try to narrow your focus using the Five Ws.
Do you already know a lot about your topic?
If you know a lot about your topic already, you can narrow your focus using the Five Ws:
Go to the Research Question page to learn more.
If you do not know a lot about your topic already, that's okay. This page will help you do background research to help answer these questions.
Still need help generating topic ideas? Check out these resources:
Encyclopedias and videos provide a quick overview of your topic. They give you a good idea of what questions might be interesting to research and what keywords will be helpful when we start searching.
For encyclopedias, try:
And for videos, try:
Encyclopedias contain quick facts and topic overviews.
Use encyclopedias to: