The first step of any research assignment is brainstorming possible research topics.
Since it is likely you'll be working on your research assignment for an extended period of time, it is important for you to select a topic that you are passionate about or interested in exploring. This can include topics that you're already familiar with and want to learn more about, or topics that are new to you that you're looking to explore.
To begin the brainstorming process, it is often helpful to free write for 5-10 minutes on a topic or issue of interest to you. During this process it may be helpful to reflect on the following:
When you have finished, read through your notes and highlight any themes and ideas have emerged.
Another brainstorming approach is a KWL chart. Watch the brief video below about creating a KWL chart to kickstart your research topic exploration:
Once you have an idea about what you already know about your potential topic and what you want to know, it's a good time to start to learn or review basic information about this topic.
Gathering general background information on your potential topic at this stage of the research process is helpful because:
Check out the following resources to find background information on your topic:
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