Now that you know more about your topic, you can narrow it to a specific research question. This video explains how to narrow your focus before you search and why that is so important.
To narrow your topic, try phrasing it as a question.
Would raising the minimum wage reduce the gender pay gap?
And answer the Five Ws:
Try with an Example!
Let's start with a very broad topic: Technology
First, turn it into a question: How does technology affect society?
This is a good start, but the question is very broad. Try using the 5 Ws!
By answering these questions, you can decide whether you want to write about:
You won't always address all of the five Ws, but using a few will help narrow your focus.
Once you answer the 5 Ws, we can finally put together a great research question, but make sure that it passes this final test.
A good research question is...
Only answer one main research question in your paper. It seems counterintuitive, but a narrow topic is actually easier to research than a broad one. Instead of mentioning many ideas briefly, focus on just a few points and develop them well.
Consider the assignment an opportunity to learn more about something that interests you. Research is easier and more enjoyable when you pick a topic that interests you.
Good research tackles new, unusual topics. Instead of "marijuana legalization", try "How should states use tax revenue generated by legalized marijuana?"