1.2 Creating a Topic

Before you can dive in and start looking for information, you need to have a topic. Spending time selecting a good topic can make the research process go much more smoothly.

Here are some questions to keep in mind as you create a topic:
  • Does it fit the scope of the assignment?
  • Is it interesting to you?
  • Is it “researchable”?
  • Can it be answered with more than a simple yes or no?

A good topic needs to be "researchable”—you need to be able to back up your topic with supporting evidence and facts. A good topic can't be answered with a simple yes or no. A good topic will give you room to explore, to argue, or to persuade.

Coming up with an idea for a topic can be challenging, but there are many places to find inspiration: